[ stok-fish ]

noun,plural (especially collectively) stock·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) stock·fish·es.
  1. fish, as the cod or haddock, cured by splitting and drying in the air without salt.

Origin of stockfish

1250–1300; Middle English stocfish<Middle Dutch stocvisch.See stock, fish

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How to use stockfish in a sentence

  • The coat in question is: "Gules, a stockfish argent, crowned with an open crown or."

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  • It was an ordinary stockfish, about three-quarters of a yard long, that some joker had hung on the line during the night.

British Dictionary definitions for stockfish


/ (ˈstɒkˌfɪʃ) /

nounplural -fish or -fishes
  1. fish, such as cod or haddock, cured by splitting and drying in the air

Origin of stockfish

C13: of uncertain origin. Perhaps from stock (in the sense: stem, tree trunk) because it was dried on wooden racks. Compare Middle Dutch stocvisch

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