fish·​ing | \ ˈfi-shiŋ How to pronounce fishing (audio) \

Definition of fishing

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

Examples of fishing in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples on the Web

Deadliest Catch just entered its 15th season, but one staple fishing boat from seasons' past has been noticeably MIA—the Time Bandit. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "This Is Why 'Deadliest Catch' Won't Feature the Time Bandit Anymore," 28 Apr. 2019 The new electric motorcycle company’s headquarters is in downtown Stockholm, but its heart and soul can be found in the tiny fishing village of Hallshuk, on the north shore of Gotland, a bucolic island in the Baltic Sea. Ty Brookhart, Outside Online, "You're Going to Want the Cake Kalk E-Dirt Bike," 25 June 2018 Two men in South Texas are nearly $8,000 richer after winning a Texas shark-fishing tournament over the weekend. Caroline Judelson, Fox News, "Massive 12-foot tiger shark caught off the coast of Texas," 7 Aug. 2018 Or walk outside to the garden patio, full of strawberries (help yourself), flowers, birds, fish ponds and old fishing gear, overlooking wooden docks and a wide, peaceful expanse of Humboldt Bay. Richard Stenger,, "Everything you need to know about the oyster capital of California," 3 July 2018 Carline said, adding that investigators have ruled out all participants of a fishing tournament held at the pond on May 12. Travis Andersen,, "Mashpee police looking for boater who intentionally crashed vessel into swan," 14 June 2018 Over 20 fishing tournaments occur during summer months. Jerry Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "Bexar County is home to 14 community fishing lakes," 11 June 2018 In addition, in conjunction with the 2018 Huk Bassmaster Elite at Upper Chesapeake Bay fishing tournament in Harford County July 27-29, the team will be known as the Anglers of Aberdeen. Randy Mcroberts, The Aegis, "New season, new fun, new food coming with IronBirds opener," 7 June 2018 The 2018 Huk Bassmaster Elite professional fishing tournament on the upper Chesapeake Bay takes place July 26-29. Valerie Bonk,, "Golfing with dinosaurs, catching a fishing tournament and trading cards are fun activities for the whole family," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of fishing

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of fishing was in the 13th century

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English Language Learners Definition of fishing

: the sport or business of catching fish

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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