WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
fish /fɪʃ/USA pronunciation   n., pl. (esp. when thought of as a group) fish, (esp. for kinds or species) fish•es, v. 
  1. Fish[countable] a cold-blooded animal living in water, having gills, fins, and usually a long body covered with scales.
  2. Fish the flesh of a fish used as food:[uncountable]a recipe for fish with potatoes.

  1. to go fishing (for): [+ object]to fish trout.[no object]I was fishing all day.[+ for + object]fishing for salmon.
  2. to draw or pull out as if fishing:[+ object (+ out of + object)]He fished a coin out of his pocket.
  3. to seek to obtain something indirectly:[+ for + object]fishing for a compliment.
  1. Idiomsfish out of water, a person who feels out of place:felt like a fish out of water in the big city.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
fish  (fish),USA pronunciation n., pl. (esp. collectively) fish,  ([esp. referring to two or more kinds or species]) fish•es, v. 
  1. Fishany of various cold-blooded, aquatic vertebrates, having gills, commonly fins, and typically an elongated body covered with scales.
  2. Fish(loosely) any of various other aquatic animals.
  3. Fishthe flesh of fishes used as food.
  4. Astronomy, AstrologyFishes, the constellation or sign of Pisces.
  5. Informal Termsa person:an odd fish; a poor fish.
  6. a long strip of wood, iron, etc., used to strengthen a mast, joint, etc.
  7. Games[Cards Slang.]an incompetent player whose incompetence can be exploited.
  8. Slang Termsa dollar:He sold the car for 500 fish.
  9. Slang Termsa new prison inmate.
  10. Idiomsdrink like a fish, to drink alcoholic beverages to excess:Nobody invites him out because he drinks like a fish.
  11. Idiomsfish out of water, a person out of his or her proper or accustomed environment:He felt like a fish out of water in an academic atmosphere.
  12. Idiomsneither fish nor fowl, having no specific character or conviction;
    neither one nor the other.
  13. Idiomsother fish to fry, other matters requiring attention:When it was time to act, they had other fish to fry.

  1. to catch or attempt to catch (any species of fish or the like).
  2. to try to catch fish in (a stream, lake, etc.):Let's fish the creek.
  3. to draw, as by fishing (often fol. by up or out):He fished a coin out of his pocket for the boy.
  4. to search through, as by fishing.
  5. [Naut.]
    • Naval Termsto secure (an anchor) by raising the flukes.
    • Naval Termsto reinforce (a mast or other spar) by fastening a spar, batten, metal bar, or the like, lengthwise over a weak place.

  1. to catch or attempt to catch fish, as by angling or drawing a net.
  2. to search carefully:He fished through all his pockets but his wallet was gone.
  3. to seek to obtain something indirectly or by artifice:to fish for compliments; to fish for information.
  4. to search for or attempt to catch onto something under water, in mud, etc., by the use of a dredge, rake, hook, or the like.
  5. Miningto attempt to recover detached tools or other loose objects from an oil or gas well.
  6. Idiomsfish in troubled waters, to take advantage of troubled or uncertain conditions for personal profit.
  7. Idiomsfish or cut bait, to choose a definite course of action, esp. to decide whether to participate in or retreat from an activity.
  8. fish out, to deplete (a lake, stream, etc.) of fish by fishing.
fishless, adj. 
  • bef. 900; (noun, nominal) Middle English fis(c)h, fyssh, Old English fisc; cognate with Dutch vis, German Fisch, Old Norse fiskr, Gothic fisks; akin to Latin piscis, Irish iasc; (verb, verbal) Middle English fishen, Old English fiscian, cognate with Dutch visschen, German fischen, Old Norse fiska, Gothic fiskôn

Fish  (fish),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. BiographicalHamilton, 1808–93, U.S. statesman: secretary of state 1869–77.

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Fishes /ˈfɪʃɪz/ n
  1. the Fishesthe constellation Pisces, the twelfth sign of the zodiac

fish /fɪʃ/ n ( pl fish, fishes)
  1. any of a large group of cold-blooded aquatic vertebrates having jaws, gills, and usually fins and a skin covered in scales: includes the sharks and rays (class Chondrichthyes: cartilaginous fishes) and the teleosts, lungfish, etc (class Osteichthyes: bony fishes)
  2. (in combination): fishpond
    Related adjective(s): piscine
  3. any of various similar but jawless vertebrates, such as the hagfish and lamprey
  4. (not in technical use) any of various aquatic invertebrates, such as the cuttlefish, jellyfish, and crayfish
  5. the flesh of fish used as food
  6. informal a person of little emotion or intelligence: a poor fish
  7. short for fishplate
  8. Also called: tin fish
    an informal word for torpedo
  9. a fine kettle of fishan awkward situation; mess
  10. drink like a fishto drink (esp alcohol) to excess
  11. have other fish to fryto have other activities to do, esp more important ones
  12. like a fish out of waterout of one's usual place
  13. make fish of one and flesh of anotherIrish to discriminate unfairly between people
  14. neither fish, flesh, nor fowlneither this nor that
  1. (intransitive) to attempt to catch fish, as with a line and hook or with nets, traps, etc
  2. (transitive) to fish in (a particular area of water)
  3. to search (a body of water) for something or to search for something, esp in a body of water
  4. (intransitive) followed by for: to seek something indirectly: to fish for compliments

See also fish outEtymology: Old English fisc; related to Old Norse fiskr, Gothic fiscs, Russian piskar, Latin piscis

ˈfishˌlike adj

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