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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

fishfɪʃ(n.)(pl.)fish; fish•es

  1. (n.)any of various cold-blooded, aquatic vertebrates having gills, commonly fins, and typically an elongated body covered with scales: includes three unrelated classes.

    Category: Ichthyology

    Ref: Compare jawless fish, cartilaginous fish, bony fish.

  2. (loosely) any of various other aquatic animals.

    Category: Ichthyology

  3. the flesh of fishes used as food.

    Category: Ichthyology

  4. Fishes,

    Category: Astronomy, Astrology

    Ref: Pisces (def. 1). 1

  5. Informal. a person:

    an odd fish; a poor fish.

    Category: Informal

  6. Slang. a new prison inmate.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Status (usage)

  7. a long strip of wood, iron, etc., used to strengthen a mast, joint, etc.

  8. (v.t.)to go fishing for:

    to fish trout.

  9. to try to catch fish in (a stream, lake, etc.).

  10. to draw as if fishing (often fol. by up or out):

    He fished a coin out of his pocket.

  11. to reinforce (a mast or other spar) by fastening a spar, batten, metal bar, or the like, lengthwise over a weak place.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  12. (v.i.)to catch or attempt to catch fish.

  13. to search carefully:

    to fish through one's pockets.

  14. to seek to obtain something indirectly or by artifice:

    fishing for a compliment.

  15. to search for or attempt to catch onto something under water, in mud, etc.:

    to fish for mussels.

Idioms for fish:

  1. fish in troubled waters,to take advantage of uncertain conditions for personal profit.

    Category: Idiom

  2. fish out of water,a person in a strange, uncomfortable environment.

    Category: Idiom

  3. neither fish nor fowl,having no specific character or conviction; neither one thing nor the other.

    Category: Idiom

  4. other fish to fry,other matters requiring attention.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of fish:

bef. 900; ME fis(c)h, fyssh, OE fisc; c. OS, OHG fisc



  1. Hamilton, 1808–93, U.S. secretary of state 1869–77.

    Category: Biography

Princeton's WordNet

  1. fish(noun)

    any of various mostly cold-blooded aquatic vertebrates usually having scales and breathing through gills

    "the shark is a large fish"; "in the living room there was a tank of colorful fish"

  2. fish(noun)

    the flesh of fish used as food

    "in Japan most fish is eaten raw"; "after the scare about foot-and-mouth disease a lot of people started eating fish instead of meat"; "they have a chef who specializes in fish"

  3. Pisces, Fish(noun)

    (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Pisces

  4. Pisces, Pisces the Fishes, Fish(verb)

    the twelfth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about February 19 to March 20

  5. fish, angle(verb)

    seek indirectly

    "fish for compliments"

  6. fish(verb)

    catch or try to catch fish or shellfish

    "I like to go fishing on weekends"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. fish(noun)ɪʃ

    an animal with gills and fins that lives in water, or the meat of this animal

    an angel fish; I don't eat much fish.

  2. fish(verb)ɪʃ

    to try to catch fish

    a boy fishing in the river

  3. fishɪʃ

    to look for by feeling inside sth

    I fished around in my purse for my cars keys.


  1. Fish(ProperNoun)

    from the common noun fish.

  2. Origin: From fiscian, from fiskōnan.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fish(noun)

    a counter, used in various games

  2. Fish

    of Fish

  3. Fish(noun)

    a name loosely applied in popular usage to many animals of diverse characteristics, living in the water

  4. Fish(noun)

    an oviparous, vertebrate animal usually having fins and a covering scales or plates. It breathes by means of gills, and lives almost entirely in the water. See Pisces

  5. Fish(noun)

    the twelfth sign of the zodiac; Pisces

  6. Fish(noun)

    the flesh of fish, used as food

  7. Fish(noun)

    a purchase used to fish the anchor

  8. Fish(noun)

    a piece of timber, somewhat in the form of a fish, used to strengthen a mast or yard

  9. Fish(verb)

    to attempt to catch fish; to be employed in taking fish, by any means, as by angling or drawing a net

  10. Fish(verb)

    to seek to obtain by artifice, or indirectly to seek to draw forth; as, to fish for compliments

  11. Fish(verb)

    to catch; to draw out or up; as, to fish up an anchor

  12. Fish(verb)

    to search by raking or sweeping

  13. Fish(verb)

    to try with a fishing rod; to catch fish in; as, to fish a stream

  14. Fish(verb)

    to strengthen (a beam, mast, etc.), or unite end to end (two timbers, railroad rails, etc.) by bolting a plank, timber, or plate to the beam, mast, or timbers, lengthwise on one or both sides. See Fish joint, under Fish, n


  1. Fish

    A fish is any member of a paraphyletic group of organisms that consist of all gill-bearing aquatic craniate animals that lack limbs with digits. Included in this definition are the living hagfish, lampreys, and cartilaginous and bony fish, as well as various extinct related groups. Most fish are ectothermic, allowing their body temperatures to vary as ambient temperatures change, though some of the large active swimmers like white shark and tuna can hold a higher core temperature. Fish are abundant in most bodies of water. They can be found in nearly all aquatic environments, from high mountain streams to the abyssal and even hadal depths of the deepest oceans. At 32,000 species, fish exhibit greater species diversity than any other group of vertebrates. Fish are an important resource for humans worldwide, especially as food. Commercial and subsistence fishers hunt fish in wild fisheries or farm them in ponds or in cages in the ocean. They are also caught by recreational fishers, kept as pets, raised by fishkeepers, and exhibited in public aquaria. Fish have had a role in culture through the ages, serving as deities, religious symbols, and as the subjects of art, books and movies.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. fish

    [Adelaide University, Australia] 1. Another metasyntactic variable. See foo. Derived originally from the Monty Python skit in the middle of The Meaning of Life entitled Find the Fish. 2. A pun for microfiche. A microfiche file cabinet may be referred to as a fish tank.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'FISH' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #987

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'FISH' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1088

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'FISH' in Nouns Frequency: #423

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'FISH' in Verbs Frequency: #1075

Translations for FISH

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a kind of creature that lives in water and breathes through gills

There are plenty of fish around the coast.

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