a small red saltwater fish, Trachichthodes affinis, of Australian waters.

Origin of nannygai

First recorded in 1870–75; perhaps < an Australian Aboriginal language of New South Wales Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for nannygai


noun plural -gais

an edible sea fish, Centroberyx affinis, of Australia, which is red in colour and has large prominent eyesAlso called: red fish

Word Origin for nannygai

C19: from a native Australian language
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