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 fishestroll, trawl, angle, chum, extricate, bob, cast, produce, bait, net, extract, find, seine
Examples from the Web for fishes
Contemporary Examples of fishes
His most famous miracle was making a few loaves and fishes feed a multitude.Keep Christmas Commercialized!
P. J. O’Rourke
December 6, 2014
Fortunately for libertarian-minded voters, Palin and Cruz are hardly the only fishes in the sea.Nostalgia Act: The Great Sarah Palin Revival Tour of 2013
June 18, 2013
But fans say they miss them already—even if some are sleeping with the fishes.RIP, Lever Voting Machines: Where Did Old Booths Go?
November 10, 2012
Here we have the collision of The Godfather “sleep with the fishes” line with the world of underwater creatures.The U.K.'s Innovation Dream Team
May 14, 2010
I kept thinking of that line in The Godfather, “Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes.”My Swim with the Great White Sharks
March 27, 2010
Historical Examples of fishes
"I fancy it must be because you call them fishes and not fish," replied Vavasor.Weighed and Wanting
"Thou wouldst feed the fishes of the Darro," interrupted Ximen.Leila, Complete
In the walls were cages and ponds, where fishes and birds moved as though alive.The Chinese Fairy Book
He 'blessed the condition of the birds, beasts, and fishes, for they had not a sinful nature.Bunyan
James Anthony Froude
Then he strayed down by the creek, as I have said, to tell his grief to the fishes.
n acronym for
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
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
Traditionally, a class of vertebrates that breathe with gills rather than lungs, live in water, and generally lay eggs, although some bear their young alive. Some biologists consider the fishes a “superclass,” and divide them into three classes: bony fishes, such as sunfish and cod; fishes with a skeleton formed of cartilage rather than bone, such as sharks; and fishes that lack jaws, such as lampreys.
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