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)
- fischer, bobby,
- fischer, emil,
- fischer-dieskau, dietrich,
- fischer-tropsch process,
- fish and brewis,
- fish and chips,
- fish cake,
- fish crow,
- fish culture
Origin of fish
Examples from the Web for fish
When Chérif got out of prison, he worked at the fish counter of a supermarket.
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|Nina Lakhani|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She started to pick busily, while Walter, taking the fish that had been cleaned, began to broil them over the fire.The Motor Girls in the Mountains|Margaret Penrose
Cut the fish into large pieces, and lay part of it on the pork and onions.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches|Eliza Leslie
It is not a fair way of going to work—the fish has no option.
The best fishing season is from April to October, when the fish come to this bank to feed.Fishing Grounds of the Gulf of Maine|Walter H. Rich
These were not dependent on the vagaries of the wind and steamed wherever their skippers divined that fish might be.The Harbor of Doubt|Frank Williams
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