What does fish mean?

Definitions for fishfɪʃ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word fish.

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"


  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

  15. Origin: [OE. fischen, fisken, fissen, AS. fiscian; akin to G. fischen, OHG. fiscn, Goth. fiskn. See Fish the animal.]


  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.

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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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fish in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fish in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Eddy M Reyes:

    What the fish!

  2. Leonard Vanderpool:

    The fish was swimming like crazy.

  3. Swedish Proverb:

    Only dead fish follow the stream.

  4. William Shakespeare, "The Tempest", Act 2 scene 2:

    A very ancient and fish-like smell.

  5. Greek Proverb:

    The net of the sleeper catches fish.

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