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[fish-ee] /ˈfɪʃ i/
adjective, fishier, fishiest.
like a fish in shape, smell, taste, or the like.
consisting of fish.
abounding in fish.
Informal. improbable, as a story; unlikely.
Informal. of questionable character; suspicious:
The sudden knockout was fishy.
dull and expressionless:
fishy eyes.
Origin of fishy
First recorded in 1540-50; fish + -y1
Related forms
fishily, adverb
fishiness, noun
5. peculiar, queer, strange, suspect, dubious. Unabridged
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  • I guess he's done saying "fishy, fishy in the brook" by this time, Dorry said he got them out of the German.

    The William Henry Letters Abby Morton Diaz
  • Avoid 'fishy' mouths, too wide for their (the vases') hight.

  • Another erroneous assertion by the same author is that the flesh is rank, fishy and hard.

    Canadian Wilds Martin Hunter
  • "This has a fishy look to me, Hiram," said Clancy, after reading the letter.

    Owen Clancy's Happy Trail Burt L. Standish
  • If it were not altogether too fishy, I should say she had a suspicion concerning those diamonds.

    The Diamond Coterie Lawrence L. Lynch
  • Enemies said it was because we were flat, fishy, and rather expensive.

    Marge Askinforit Barry Pain
  • To Kazan and Gray Wolf it was the scent of a water animal, rank and fishy, and they took it for the beaver.

    Kazan James Oliver Curwood
  • Not at all despised by the people of Cornwall in "fishy pie."

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
British Dictionary definitions for fishy


adjective fishier, fishiest
of, involving, or suggestive of fish
abounding in fish
(informal) suspicious, doubtful, or questionable: their leaving at the same time looked fishy
dull and lifeless: a fishy look
Derived Forms
fishily, adverb
fishiness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for fishy

late 15c., from fish (n.) + -y (2). Sense of "shady, questionable" is first recorded 1840, perhaps from the notion of "slipperiness," or of giving off a bad odor.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for fishy



Very probably false or dishonest; very dubious: The whole proposition is decidedly fishy

[1840+; probably fr the unpleasant odor of spoiled fish]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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