noun \ˈfi-shiŋ\

: the sport or business of catching fish

Full Definition of FISHING

:  the sport or business of catching fish
:  a place for catching fish

Examples of FISHING

  1. The fishing was pretty good today.
  2. I'm going fishing this weekend.

First Known Use of FISHING

13th century

Other Hunting and Fishing Terms

chum, covert, creel, flense, pitfall, seine, skulk, spoor, trawl


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Sport of catching fish—freshwater or saltwater—typically with rod, line, and hook. Fishing is as old as the human ability to use tools to capture prey. The first significant modern innovations, including use of a reel, a rod with line guides, and a hook with an offset point, came in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. Horsehair was used as line until the mid 19th century, when it was replaced by textile materials; these in turn were replaced by nylon in the 1930s. Wood and bamboo rods yielded to rods of fibreglass and other synthetic materials. Forms of sport fishing practiced today include fly fishing (freshwater), in which a fly-like hook is repeatedly cast upon the water surface to attract biting fish; bait fishing (fresh- and saltwater), in which live or artificial bait is set or drawn below the surface; and big-game fishing (saltwater), in which heavy-duty tackle is used to land large marine species (including tuna, marlin, and swordfish) from a motorized boat.

Variants of FISHING

fishing or sport fishing


Next Word in the Dictionary: fishing banks
Previous Word in the Dictionary: fishily
All Words Near: fishing

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up fishing? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).