- any small marine or freshwater fish of the family Gobiidae, often having the pelvic fins united to form a suctorial disk.
- any fish of the closely related family Eleotridae, having the pelvic fins separate.
Origin of goby
1760–70; < Latin gōbius gudgeon (spelling variant of gōbiō or cōbius) < Greek kōbiós
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for gobies
I fear the Gobies and the Gabies are turning in their graves.The ghosts of their ancestors
Weymer Jay Mills
Sticklebacks, gobies, grey mullets, blennies are among the best-known examples.
Moreover, a number of related species of gobies occur in the neighborhood.
Some of the gobies make nests in which to bring up their little ones, just as the sticklebacks do.The Animal World, A Book of Natural History
This may exist in the breeding season only, as in the fresh-water lampreys, or it may persist through life as in some gobies.A Guide to the Study of Fishes, Volume 1 (of 2)
David Starr Jordan
- any small spiny-finned fish of the family Gobiidae, of coastal or brackish waters, having a large head, an elongated tapering body, and the ventral fins modified as a sucker
- any other gobioid fish
C18: from Latin gōbius gudgeon, fish of little value, from Greek kōbios
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for gobies
kind of fish, 1769, from Latin gobius, from Greek gobios, name of a type of small fish, of unknown origin.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper