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 fishes
His most famous miracle was making a few loaves and fishes feed a multitude.
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|Nick Gillespie|June 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But fans say they miss them already—even if some are sleeping with the fishes.RIP, Lever Voting Machines: Where Did Old Booths Go?|Eliza Shapiro|November 10, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Here we have the collision of The Godfather “sleep with the fishes” line with the world of underwater creatures.
I kept thinking of that line in The Godfather, “Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes.”
The fishes and insects were not included in this primitive nomenclature, so the loss of the Dictionary does not concern them.Bible Romances|George W. Foote
I believe you could sell chloride of sodium to some of the fishes in the Great Salt Lake—that is if it has fishes.Tom Swift and his Air Scout|Victor Appleton
To the optimistic Virginia the division of the loaves and fishes of his personal gratitude was scarcely heeded.Hepsey Burke|Frank Noyes Westcott
Some of the most common of these parasites attach themselves to the gills of fishes.Elementary Zoology, Second Edition|Vernon L. Kellogg
Shortly after this Hiawatha set out in his canoe to catch the sturgeon Nahma, king of fishes.The Children's Longfellow|Doris Hayman
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