See more synonyms on Thesaurus.comnoun, plural (especially collectively) spear·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) spear·fish·es.
verb (used without object), spear·fished, spear·fish·ing.
- any of several fishes of the genus Tetrapturus, resembling the sailfish but having the first dorsal fin much less developed: inhabiting all seas, but rare.
- any of several related fishes.
- to fish underwater using a spearlike implement used manually or propelled mechanically.
Origin of spearfish
An Americanism dating back to 1880–85; spear1
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for spearfish
It was a wild ride, but they reached Spearfish with no bones broken.
Coming to the valley of the Spearfish I halted and slept my command until sundown, and then started for our lines.
British Dictionary definitions for spearfishnoun plural -fish or -fishes
- another name for marlin
so named because of its long pointed jaw
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