Other forms: fishing; fishes; fished

A fish is a cold-blooded aquatic vertebrate with scales and gills, like a shark, a trout, or a pike. To fish is to try to catch a fish.

Fish comes from an old German version of the Latin word for "fish," piscus, from which you might recognize the astrological sign Pisces. The word can describe either the creature or the meat from the creature. When fish is a verb, it can be used literally for the act of trying to catch a fish, or metaphorically for trying to find something, like fishing for someone's name in your memory.

Definitions of fish
  1. 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
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    bottom-dweller, bottom-feeder
    a fish that lives and feeds on the bottom of a body of water
    bottom lurkers
    a fish that lurks on the bottom of a body of water
    cartilaginous fish, chondrichthian
    fishes in which the skeleton may be calcified but not ossified
    a young or small fish
    game fish, sport fish
    any fish providing sport for the angler
    food fish
    any fish used for food by human beings
    rough fish
    any fish useless for food or sport or even as bait
    young fish
    a fish that is young
    any of various fishes that carry their eggs and their young in their mouths
    a female fish at spawning time
    northern snakehead
    a voracious freshwater fish that is native to northeastern China; can use fin to walk and can survive out of water for three days; a threat to American populations of fish
    bony fish
    any fish of the class Osteichthyes
    A. testudineus, Anabas testudineus, climbing perch
    a small perch of India whose gills are modified to allow it to breathe air; has spiny pectoral fins that enable it to travel on land
    holocephalan, holocephalian
    fish with high compressed head and a body tapering off into a long tail
    elasmobranch, selachian
    any of numerous fishes of the class Chondrichthyes characterized by a cartilaginous skeleton and placoid scales: sharks; rays; skates
    bottom fish, groundfish
    fish that live on the sea bottom (particularly the commercially important gadoid fish like cod and haddock, or flatfish like flounder)
    the young of various fishes
    barracouta, snoek
    a large marine food fish common on the coasts of Australia, New Zealand, and southern Africa
    crossopterygian, lobe-finned fish, lobefin
    any fish of the order Crossopterygii; most known only in fossil form
    air-breathing fish having an elongated body and fleshy paired fins; certain species construct mucus-lined mud coverings in which to survive drought
    teleost, teleost fish, teleostan
    a bony fish of the subclass Teleostei
    the edible young of especially herrings and sprats and smelts
    brit, britt
    the young of a herring or sprat or similar fish
    herring-like food fishes that migrate from the sea to fresh water to spawn
    Clupea harangus, herring
    commercially important food fish of northern waters of both Atlantic and Pacific
    any of various small edible herring or related food fishes frequently canned
    any of various large food and game fishes of northern waters; usually migrate from salt to fresh water to spawn
    a young salmon up to 2 years old
    any of various game and food fishes of cool fresh waters mostly smaller than typical salmons
    silvery herring-like freshwater food fish of cold lakes of the northern hemisphere
    sea bass
    any of various food and sport fishes of the Atlantic coast of the United States having an elongated body and long spiny dorsal fin
    any of several large sharp-toothed marine food and sport fishes of the family Lutjanidae of mainly tropical coastal waters
    bottom dwelling marine warm water fishes with two barbels on the chin
    tuna, tunny
    any very large marine food and game fish of the genus Thunnus; related to mackerel; chiefly of warm waters
    right-eyed flatfish; many are valued as food; most common in warm seas especially European
    type of:
    aquatic vertebrate
    animal living wholly or chiefly in or on water
  2. noun
    the flesh of fish used as food
    “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
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    any of numerous small food fishes; especially those caught with hook and line and not available on the market
    fish cured by being split and air-dried without salt
    tiny fishes usually canned or salted; used for hors d'oeuvres or as seasoning in sauces
    the fatty flesh of eel; an elongate fish found in fresh water in Europe and America; large eels are usually smoked or pickled
    gray mullet, grey mullet, mullet
    highly valued lean flesh of marine or freshwater mullet
    flesh of shad-like fish abundant along the Atlantic coast or in coastal streams
    schrod, scrod
    flesh of young Atlantic cod weighing up to 2 pounds; also young haddock and pollock; often broiled
    lean white flesh of fish similar to but smaller than cod; usually baked or poached or as fillets sauteed or fried
    the lean flesh of a fish similar to cod
    flesh of any of several primarily freshwater game and food fishes
    rock salmon
    any of several coarse fishes (such as dogfish or wolffish) when used as food
    flesh of any of various marine or freshwater fish of the family Salmonidae
    bony flesh of herring-like fish usually caught during their migration to fresh water for spawning; especially of Atlantic coast
    small cold-water silvery fish; migrate between salt and fresh water
    smoked eel
    eel cured by smoking
    young eel; may be sauteed or batter-fried
    finnan, finnan haddie, finnan haddock, smoked haddock
    haddock usually baked but sometimes broiled with lots of butter
    rainbow trout
    flesh of Pacific trout that migrate from salt to fresh water
    salmon trout, sea trout
    flesh of marine trout that migrate from salt to fresh water
    Atlantic salmon
    fatty pink flesh of fish from northern coastal Atlantic; usually marketed fresh
    red salmon, sockeye, sockeye salmon
    fatty red flesh of salmon of Pacific coast and rivers
    chinook, chinook salmon, king salmon
    pink or white flesh of large Pacific salmon
    coho, coho salmon, cohoe, silver salmon
    fatty pinkish flesh of small salmon caught in the Pacific and Great Lakes
    smoked salmon
    salmon cured by smoking
    kippered salmon
    salted and smoked salmon
    American smelt, rainbow smelt
    common smelt of eastern North America and Alaska
    European smelt, sparling
    common smelt of Europe
    type of:
    food, solid food
    any solid substance (as opposed to liquid) that is used as a source of nourishment
  3. verb
    catch or try to catch fish or shellfish
    “I like to go fishing on weekends”
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    fish for crab
    fish with a seine; catch fish with a seine
    scallop, scollop
    fish for scallops
    fish with a handline over the rails of a boat
    haul fish aboard with brails
    fish with a hook
    fish for shrimp
    net fish
    fish with nets
    hunt shark
    fish with trawlers
    fish with the line and bait resting still or stationary in the water
    fish for prawns
    fly-fish, flyfish
    fish with flies as lures
    angle with a hook and line drawn through the water
    type of:
    catch, grab, take hold of
    take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of
  4. verb
    seek indirectly
    fish for compliments”
    synonyms: angle
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    look for, search, seek
    try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of




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