Origin of fishing
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
Examples from the Web for fishing
Contemporary Examples of fishing
Like his old man, he keeps it reined in, but when talking about fishing, a true regret seeps out.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
But fishing for rationale in harassment is almost always a waste of time.A Female Writer’s New Milestone: Her First Death Threat
December 1, 2014
Sargent said they went skiing in Vail and fishing in Cabo but also talked business.Patients Screwed in Spine Surgery ‘Scam’
The Center for Investigative Reporting
November 3, 2014
Many of their bodies get caught up in fishing nets or disappear forever.
But as it takes away the safety net, their corpses wind up in fishing nets.
Historical Examples of fishing
But we used to go past the town every day fishing in the river.The Trail Book
I remember my first fishing excursion as if it were but yesterday.
A fishing vessel's no place for 'em; they'll spoil all our luck.
Good Indian was not particularly interested in his own fishing.
I can't keep my mind on m' fishing—just wondering what the deuce he's after.
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
verbal noun from fish (v.), c.1300, fysschynge; figurative use from 1540s. Fishing rod (1550s) is older than fishing pole (1791). To "go fishing" is as old as Old English on fiscoð gan.
[O]f all diversions which ingenuity ever devised for the relief of idleness, fishing is the worst qualified to amuse a man who is at once indolent and impatient. [Scott, "Waverly," 1814]
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