What does fishy mean?

Definitions for fishy
ˈfɪʃ ifishy

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. fishyadjective

    of or relating to or resembling fish

    "the soup had a fishy smell"

  2. fishy, funny, shady, suspect, suspiciousadjective

    not as expected

    "there was something fishy about the accident"; "up to some funny business"; "some definitely queer goings-on"; "a shady deal"; "her motives were suspect"; "suspicious behavior"


  1. fishyadjective

    Of, from, or similar to fish.

    What is that fishy odor?

  2. fishyadjective

    Suspicious; inspiring doubt.

    I don't trust him; his claims seem fishy to me.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Fishyadjective

    Etymology: from fish.

    My absent mates
    Roam the wild isle in search of rural cates,
    Bait the barb’d steel, and from the fishy flood
    Appease th’ afflictive fierce desire of food. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.

    Few eyes have escaped the picture of mermaids, that is, according to Quintus Horatius Flaccus, a monster with a woman’s head above, and fishy extremity below. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fishyadjective

    consisting of fish; fishlike; having the qualities or taste of fish; abounding in fish

  2. Fishyadjective

    extravagant, like some stories about catching fish; improbable; also, rank or foul

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fishy in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fishy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of fishy in a Sentence

  1. Fabrice:

    Water...That fishy liquid that makes Pastis cloudy!

  2. Lawyer Bradley Bondi:

    The court realized its fishy to use a financial fraud statute, carrying up to 20 years in prison, to prosecute a commercial fisherman who otherwise would have been subject at most to a civil crime and the temporary loss of his fishing license.

  3. Lakshheish M Patel:

    Govt PSU shares have got the maximum beatings and gone down ruthlessly since Oct'21 during this stock market carnage and this clearly shows that this fall is fishy and big corporates along with govt politicians and news media are playing game plan to malign the image of PSUs to promote privatization and loot public investors money

  4. Rupert Brooke:

    But somewhere, beyond Space and Time, is wetter water, slimier slime! And there (they trust) there swimmeth one who swam ere rivers were begun, immense of fishy form and mind, squamous omnipotent, and kind.

  5. Richard Theoharis:

    He’s very capable on the paddle board so it seems fishy to me, he was under pressure. He owed $600,000 and he didn’t have it. He was afraid the judge would throw him in jail. If he’s scared, we hope he will contact us. Make a phone call. Just let somebody know you’re safe so we can rest at night.

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  • рибен, рибешки, съмнителен, подозрителенBulgarian
  • fiskeagtig, lusketDanish
  • anrüchig, fischig, Fisch, verdächtigGerman
  • kala, kalaisa, mätä, -mainen, epäilyttäväFinnish
  • ichthyique, suspect, poissonFrench
  • मछली काHindi
  • di pesce, sospettosoItalian
  • Japanese
  • visachtig, verdachtDutch
  • podejrzany, śmierdzący, rybiPolish
  • písceo, suspeitoPortuguese
  • cu gust de peşteRomanian
  • ры́бий, рыбоподо́бный, сомни́тельный, ры́бный, подозри́тельныйRussian
  • చేపలుగలTelugu

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    (used especially of glances) directed to one side with or as if with doubt or suspicion or envy
    • A. askant
    • B. ostensive
    • C. irascible
    • D. bibulous

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