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[kat-fish] /ˈkætˌfɪʃ/
noun, plural (especially collectively) catfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) catfishes.
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.
verb (used with or without object)
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
First recorded in 1605-15; cat + fish Unabridged
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noun (pl) -fish, -fishes
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

1610s, from cat (n.) + fish (n.). Probably so called for its "whiskers."

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