Definition of catfish
1 : any of an order (Siluriformes) of chiefly freshwater stout-bodied scaleless bony fishes having long tactile barbels
2 : a person who sets up a false personal profile on a social networking site for fraudulent or deceptive purposes
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Recent Examples of catfish from the Web
Catfish, buffalo and whiting dinners with 2 sides, $9; fish sandwich, $5.50; extra sides $2.
Catfish Stings are painful and occasionally cause heart and respiratory problems Catfish are found in waters around the world.
Mandel loved his Korean barbecue ribs, and my catfish sautéed with lemon butter and cajun ham was outstanding.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Verona to Colusa Fishing for catfish has been good near Verona and Knight’s Landing.
The bay is famed for its multi-species fishery, including walleye, smallmouth bass, muskellunge, northern pike, freshwater drum, channel catfish, white bass, yellow perch and lake whitefish.
The centerpiece of the room is its open kitchen and a 10,000-gallon catfish aquarium, but the real show is the panoramic view of the city from two glass observation decks.
Fish ceviche is made with swai (Vietnamese catfish), and the mixed ceviche has squid rings, shrimp and swai in citrus juice with yucca fries and rocoto chile sauce.
Wolf bought a nine-pound catfish and wrapped it in newspaper and plastic wrap.
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Did You Know?
For centuries, a catfish was merely a type of fish with a distinctive face. Then, in 2010, Ariel Schulman released Catfish, a documentary about his brother Nev's experiences with a woman who pretended to be someone else online. (The movie was popular enough to spawn a television show by the same title.) In the documentary, the woman's husband explained the title with an anecdote about how fishermen transporting live cod used to put catfish in with the cod on long-haul shipments to keep the desirable cod active and alert until arrival. The man implied that his wife was like those catfish, keeping the lives of others fresh and interesting.
First Known Use of catfish
CATFISH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of catfish for English Language Learners
: a type of fish that has a large head and long thin parts that look like a cat's whiskers around its mouth
CATFISH Defined for Kids
Definition of catfish for Students
: a fish with a large head and feelers about the mouth
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