Slang dictionary plenty of fish or plenty of fish in the sea or POF [plen-tee uh v fish in th uh see] What does plenty of fish mean? There's plenty of fish (in the sea) means a single person still has lots of options out there for future partners. It's often said in consolation after a breakup—not that it always helps. The saying is the basis of the name of an online dating website, Plenty of Fish, often abbreviated as POF. Related words: found my fish slide into the DMs plenty more fish in the sea plenty of fish in the ocean ASL single white female What's hot Karen simp ligma stonks Where does plenty of fish come from? harbus.org According to the Dictionary of Proverbs, there’s plenty of fish in the sea can be found as early as 1573 in the form in the main sea, there’s a good store of fish. (Still doesn’t help.) Often meant to encourage someone who’s just been dumped or needs to get back in the dating scene, the proverb likens the dating field to the sea, brimming with endless fish, or potential, lasting partners that haven’t been caught yet. It can also suggest that someone’s ex wasn’t so special or unique. (Trust us, they weren’t.) By 1862, the proverb had morphed into its modern form and was established enough to inspire a classic early American popular song from Stephen Foster, “There Are Plenty of Fish in the Sea”: If that’s not your jam (Google it), how about Harry Connick Jr.? In “Easy for You to Say,” he croons: “You say there are plenty of fish in the deep blue sea / That’s easy for you to say.” Or, Valerie June? In her 2013 “Somebody to Love,” she riffs on the metaphor: “Did they tell you, there are / Plenty of fish in the sea / But you’re drowning and cold / And you’re feeling empty.” And, with this saying, it’s all about the comeback. When I hear someone say ‘there are plenty of fish in sea’ … I want to respond with ‘You know there are sharks in the sea too, right?’ 😋 — Drew Pearson (@Drewbert4) December 21, 2016 In 2003, a Vancouver-based dating site alluded to the saying for its free dating website, Plenty of Fish, which, as of 2018, claims to be the largest of its kind with over 150-million registered users across the globe. Users commonly refer to it as POF. For many, the site and app has a reputation for being a “hookup” service and being abused for violent sexual crimes. Examples of plenty of fish There are plenty of fish in the sea. Unfortunately, I live in the desert. @FrenchStallion, November, 2016 Time to Get Real. There Aren’t Plenty of Fish in the Sea and It’s Our Fault Aisling Maria Cronin, One Green Planet (headline), May, 2017 Who's this putting me on plenty of fish!!!!!! Let me know if he's successful maybe I can take some tips from him! 🙈 @AirForce_Carl, December, 2016 SEE MORE EXAMPLES Popular now Karen simp ligma stonks Who uses plenty of fish? In everyday speech, people may kindly advise there are plenty of fish in the sea—or if they care even less about your breakup: Welp, there’s plenty of fish!—to a friend, family member, or even themselves if going through a breakup or trying to get excited about dating. As noted though, the saying has become a cliché, leading to all sorts of fish- and ocean-based jokes. Yes, there are plenty of fish in the sea — but I stopped fishing after I found you. By Veds — Betsin-artparasites (@BetsinsOfficial) December 29, 2016 Plenty of fish in the sea.. but i want a dolphin 😂 — 49™ (@419GB) December 17, 2016 When my ex and I broke up, my mom consoled me, saying, “There are plenty of fish in the sea.” So now I’m dating a fish. — Andrew Eisen (@AndrewEisen) December 10, 2016 When plenty of fish is not linked to the common saying, it’s probably referencing the popular dating site, Plenty of Fish. I had a date lastnight with someone from PlentyOfFish who described themself as a ‘fox’. Turns out she’s just ginger and eats from bins. — Jay Tuvz (@JayTuvz) December 19, 2016 Lastly, many people pun on plenty of fish when talking or writing about fishing, water sports, and fish population levels. Nice … There *were* plenty of fish in the sea. pic.twitter.com/wvxlLUE3RG — Chubbies (@Chubbies) November 30, 2017 Just Added OK wallet, FYP, infodemic, contact tracing, murder hornet Note This is not meant to be a formal definition of plenty of fish like most terms we define on Dictionary.com, but is rather an informal word summary that hopefully touches upon the key aspects of the meaning and usage of plenty of fish that will help our users expand their word mastery.