[ vish ]

verb (used without object)

  1. to try to obtain financial or other confidential information from people by placing phone calls, typically automated, that seem to be from a legitimate organization, usually a financial institution:

    an increase in vishing, facilitated by VoIP, an internet-based phone system.

verb (used with object)

  1. to make a victim in this way:

    I was vished and now my bank account is empty!

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Other Words From

  • visher noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of vish1

First recorded in 2005–10; v(oice) + (ph)ish

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Example Sentences

Who is Ignatiy Vishnevetsky ( Ig-nah-tee Vish-neh-vet-ski)?

Aber I vish dot you vould go ofer py der alley und lisden pehindt der house.

I don't vish to 'urry you—but I vant you to mike 'aste—&c., &c.

I have mooch money; mein haus in Batavia is mosd peautiful, und you shall have plendy servands to do all dot you vish.

I do very moshe vish zat ze only ting ze plenty humbug professors now-a-days stuff vas ze birds!'

Wol′fish, Wol′vish, like a wolf either in form or quality: rapacious.