noun, plural (especially collectively) weak·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) weak·fish·es.

any food fish of the genus Cynoscion, as C. regalis, inhabiting waters along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the U.S.

Origin of weakfish

1790–1800, Americanism; < Dutch weekvis (obsolete), equivalent to week soft, weak + vis fish
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Historical Examples of weakfish

  • The weakfish were not hungry or we did not tempt them with bait to their taste that day.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • When we reach the coast we find the weakfish has also been transformed into a trout.

    Days in the Open

    Lathan A. Crandall

  • The fishermen were beginning to haul in weakfish and an occasional tautog, or blackfish.

  • Although it seems to consort a good deal with the weakfish, its habits of feeding are quite different from that fish.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others

    James Alexander Henshall

  • In the Gulf of Mexico it often feeds in company with the salt-water trout, and in northern waters with the bluefish and weakfish.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others

    James Alexander Henshall

British Dictionary definitions for weakfish


noun plural -fish or -fishes

any of several sciaenid sea trouts, esp Cynoscion regalis, a food and game fish of American Atlantic coastal waters
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Word Origin and History for weakfish

1838, from Dutch weekvisch, from week "soft" (see weak).

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