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adjective, fish·i·er, fish·i·est.
  1. like a fish in shape, smell, taste, or the like.
  2. consisting of fish.
  3. abounding in fish.
  4. Informal. improbable, as a story; unlikely.
  5. Informal. of questionable character; suspicious: The sudden knockout was fishy.
  6. dull and expressionless: fishy eyes.
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Origin of fishy

First recorded in 1540–50; fish + -y1
Related formsfish·i·ly, adverbfish·i·ness, noun

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Related Words for fishy

odd, dubious, ambiguous, equivocal, far-fetched, funny, implausible, improbable, problematic, queer, questionable, shady, suspect, uncertain, unlikely, dubitable

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British Dictionary definitions for fishy


adjective fishier or fishiest
  1. of, involving, or suggestive of fish
  2. abounding in fish
  3. informal suspicious, doubtful, or questionabletheir leaving at the same time looked fishy
  4. dull and lifelessa fishy look
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Derived Formsfishily, adverbfishiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for fishy


late 15c., from fish (n.) + -y (2). Sense of "shady, questionable" is first recorded 1840, perhaps from the notion of "slipperiness," or of giving off a bad odor.

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