Cookery. (of shrimp) shelled, split almost through, and flattened slightly before cooking.

Origin of fantail

First recorded in 1720–30; fan1 + tail1
Related formsfan-tailed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for fantail

Historical Examples of fantail

  • Marie Antoinette's hoop is not bigger than Mrs. Fantail's flounces.

    The Christmas Books

    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • Only about half a dozen, but all of them have fantail tomahawks and clubs.

    Edward Barry

    Louis Becke

  • The fantail, however, contained neither, and was constitutionally ccbb.


    Reginald Crundall Punnett

  • A hat similar to that of a dustman or coalheaver, which is called a fantail.

    The Slang Dictionary

    John Camden Hotten

  • This diagram is a representation of the third kind I mentioned—the Fantail.

British Dictionary definitions for fantail



a breed of domestic pigeon having a large tail that can be opened like a fan
any Old World flycatcher of the genus Rhipidura, of Australia, New Zealand, and SE Asia, having a broad fan-shaped tail
a tail shaped like an outspread fan
architect a part or structure having a number of components radiating from a common centre
a burner that ejects fuel to produce a wide flat flame in a lamp or furnace
a flat jet of air and coal dust projected into the air stream of a pulverized-coal furnace
an auxiliary sail on the upper portion of a windmill that turns the mill to face the wind
US a curved part of the deck projecting aft of the sternpost of a ship
Derived Formsfan-tailed, adjective
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