noun, plural (especially collectively) fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) fish·es.
verb (used with object)
- to secure (an anchor) by raising the flukes.
- to reinforce (a mast or other spar) by fastening a spar, batten, metal bar, or the like, lengthwise over a weak place.
verb (used without object)
Origin of fish
Related Words for fishtroll, trawl, angle, chum, extricate, bob, cast, produce, bait, net, extract, find, seine
Examples from the Web for fish
Contemporary Examples of fish
When Chérif got out of prison, he worked at the fish counter of a supermarket.France Mourns—and Hunts
Nico Hines, Christopher Dickey
January 8, 2015
Kocurek documented the scene with notes and diagrams, and called the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
A U.S. Fish and Wildlife officer corroborated another account.
A Fish and Wildlife special agent collected the bodies of two birds at the site, a redhead duck and a mourning dove.
Turtles, fish, ospreys and rare freshwater sharks and sawfish thrive there.China’s Nicaragua Canal Could Spark a New Central America Revolution
November 30, 2014
Historical Examples of fish
He was very glad to earn money in this way, since it seemed he was to have no fish to dispose of.
He caught but two fish, and they were so small that he decided not to offer them for sale.
"I'll take another piece of fish, mother," said Robert, passing his plate.
"I feel as if I should like some fish for breakfast," said Robert one morning, on waking up.
It was rather a heavy tug, for the fish he had caught weighed at least fifty pounds.
noun plural fish or fishes
- any of a large group of cold-blooded aquatic vertebrates having jaws, gills, and usually fins and a skin covered in scales: includes the sharks and rays (class Chondrichthyes : cartilaginous fishes) and the teleosts, lungfish, etc (class Osteichthyes : bony fishes)
- (in combination)fishpond Related adjectives: ichthyic, ichthyoid, piscine
Word Origin for fish
n acronym for
Old English fisc, from Proto-Germanic *fiskaz (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Old High German fisc, Old Norse fiskr, Middle Dutch visc, Dutch vis, German Fisch, Gothic fisks), from PIE *peisk- "fish" (cf. Latin piscis, Irish iasc, and, via Latin, Italian pesce, French poisson, Spanish pez, Welsh pysgodyn, Breton pesk).
Fish story attested from 1819, from the tendency to exaggerate the size of the catch (or the one that got away). Figurative sense of fish out of water first recorded 1610s.
Plural fish fishes
In addition to the idioms beginning with fish
- fish for
- fishing expedition
- fish in troubled waters
- fish or cut bait
- fish out
- fish out of water, a
- fish story
- big fish in a small pond
- cold fish
- drink like a fish
- goldfish bowl
- kettle of fish
- like shooting fish in a barrel
- neither fish nor fowl
- not the only fish in the sea
- other fish to fry
- smell fishy