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.
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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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26 Feb 2020

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“Fishing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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: the sport or business of catching fish

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