- 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
Examples from the Web for catfish
Contemporary Examples of catfish
Latta, home to the historic Catfish Creek Baptist Church, is a predominantly white town of 1,500 in Dillon County.South Carolina Town Loves Its Lesbian Police Chief
June 26, 2014
A sop to lawmakers who represent congressional districts consisting entirely of catfish ponds.
Good news is that $20 million DoA catfish office has comfy chairs and recent issues of catfish newsletters and magazines.
I plan to get shrimp as well as the catfish and also the roast beef.New Orleans Celebrates Its Favorite Sandwich at the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival
November 26, 2013
Like storm chasers, Alaskan crabbers, and catfish noodlers, foragers come with their own sets of customs and rules.This Week’s Hot Reads: Sept. 2, 2013
September 2, 2013
Historical Examples of catfish
This jishin-uwo is a great creature something like a catfish.Japanese Fairy World
William Elliot Griffis
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
Luther A. Brewer
- 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