noun back·fisch \ˈbäkˌfish\

Definition of backfisch



  1. :  an adolescent immature girl his family … two grown-up gawky sons, and a backfisch daughter — A. L. Mikhelson

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Origin and Etymology of backfisch

German, literally, fish for baking or frying, from backen to bake, fry (from Old High German backan) + fisch fish, from Old High German fisc — more at bake, fish

First Known Use: 1888

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to cast off or become cast off

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