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.
Fried Catfish Old-School: Buffet Whole Catfish Pap's Place; Ackerman, MS Buffet lines are where crisp fried catfish goes to get soggy, where hush puppies go to hush.
In place of Italian meat and cheese, the Parran family piles on fried catfish, shrimp, and oysters.
Flake the smoked catfish into pieces, being careful to remove any errant bones, and add it to the pan with the potatoes.
When the butter starts to smoke, add the catfish to the skillet.
After the day’s sessions, a bunch of us yakked it up over catfish, grits, and bourbon at Comfort, a hip down-home Southern joint in the midst of the urban campus of Virginia Commonwealth University.
Since 1974, Quentin and his wife, Betty, have harvested catfish from their ten surrounding ponds, ranging in size from a half acre to 2.5 acres.
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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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