- any of the numerous fishes of the order or suborder Nematognathi (or Siluroidei), characterized by barbels around the mouth and the absence of scales.
- a wolffish of the genus Anarhichas.
- any of various other fishes having a fancied resemblance to a cat.
- Slang. a person who assumes a false identity or personality on the Internet, especially on social media websites, as to deceive, manipulate, or swindle.
- Slang. to deceive, swindle, etc., by assuming a false identity or personality online: He fell in love with her online before he realized he'd been catfished.
Origin of catfish
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Examples from the Web for catfish
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This jishin-uwo is a great creature something like a catfish.Japanese Fairy World
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And the Germans, the vainest race in Europe, rose like catfish to the bait.Old Fogy
Brook trout, perch, catfish and other well-known fish are good fried.The Community Cook Book
The saddest fish that swims the briny ocean,The Catfish I bewail.The Book of Humorous Verse
The people were divided into two factions, the 'codfish' and the 'catfish.'History of Linn County Iowa
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- any of numerous mainly freshwater teleost fishes having whisker-like barbels around the mouth, esp the silurids of Europe and Asia and the horned pouts of North America
- another name for wolffish
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Word Origin and History for catfish
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