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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The bread was stiff and underdressed, the batter on the fried shrimp and catfish seemingly bereft of spice.
In cities and states across the U.S., the new year brings a flurry of new laws addressing everything from soda consumption and sick leave, to semiautomatic weapons and catfish catching.
Politico’s David Rogers writes about a fascinating battle over catfish inspections that could interfere with a new U.S. trade deal with Asian nations.
Eventually, the complex had a cafeteria with a fireplace, a fountain with catfish, and a swimming pool.
A few minutes to the north, just past some catfish farms and cattle-grazing land, is a scene of industrial ruin: the derelict Sara Lee meatpacking plant in West Point, which was being picked apart by wreckers on our first visit early last year.
In modern times the region has had an economic base consisting of the campus of Mississippi State University, in Starkville; an Air Force pilot-training base outside Columbus; some catfish farms; and low-wage, low-tech factories.
If the fried shrimp are a must, so too are the catfish fillets, which always seem to have a clear, unmuddied taste with just the proper dewy slip and slide to the flake.
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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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