[ bloo-fish ]

noun,plural (especially collectively) blue·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) blue·fish·es.
  1. a predaceous, marine, bluish or greenish food fish, Pomatomus saltatrix, inhabiting Atlantic coastal waters of North and South America.

  2. any of various fishes, usually of a bluish color.

Origin of bluefish

An Americanism dating back to 1615–25; blue + fish

Words Nearby bluefish Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use bluefish in a sentence

  • At this momentous juncture, old bluefish, to our unmitigated astonishment, started up with a wild whoop.

  • bluefish also did well, but little Dicky Drake, as usual, made a laughing-stock of himself.

  • After the horse-racing came the bull and bear fight, in which old bluefish and myself evinced an especial interest.

  • In the Gulf of Mexico it often feeds in company with the salt-water trout, and in northern waters with the bluefish and weakfish.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others | James Alexander Henshall

British Dictionary definitions for bluefish


/ (ˈbluːˌfɪʃ) /

nounplural -fish or -fishes
  1. Also called: snapper a predatory bluish marine percoid food and game fish, Pomatomus saltatrix, related to the horse mackerel: family Pomatomidae

  2. any of various other bluish fishes

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