\ ˈfi-shē How to pronounce fishy (audio) \
fishier; fishiest

Definition of fishy

1 : of or resembling fish especially in taste or odor
2 : creating doubt or suspicion : questionable

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Examples of fishy in a Sentence

There's something fishy about that guy. something's fishy about the way he's acting
Recent Examples on the Web Evidence shows that children are sensitive to these differences, which can serve as red flags for kids—a sign that something fishy is going on. Bret Stetka, Scientific American, "From Dinosaurs to Disney, Children Take Cues from Adults on Real vs. Make-Believe," 17 June 2020 Every lane looked fishy, every lie, every piece of promising water that gave up nothing was analyzed. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "A Puerto Rican Fishing Road Trip for Silver Kings, Bigmouths, Mullet, and More," 27 May 2020 Yep, there's definitely something fishy going on there. Martha Sorren,, "13 Reasons Why," 8 June 2020 There are plenty of fish in the sea who aren't up to anything fishy. Annie Lane, oregonlive, "Dear Annie: Tips to avoid fakes on online dating sites," 17 May 2020 There are plenty of fish in the sea who aren’t up to anything fishy. cleveland, "Dear Annie: I’m worried about trying online dating," 16 May 2020 The fishy, longhaired, birdlike yokai has inspired everything in Japan in recent weeks -- from cakes and noodles to face masks and hand sanitizers. Fox News, "Japanese spirit Amabie, a mythical mermaid monster, revived to ward off coronavirus," 16 May 2020 Mackerel, so often oily and bluntly fishy, was mellow and meaty, crowned with frizzled leeks and served atop sticky-sweet Japanese eggplant in a vinaigrette made with yuzu and makgeolli, a cloudy Korean rice wine. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Kochi’s Korean Tasting Menu Offers Everyday Indulgence on a Skewer," 7 Feb. 2020 Horse mackerel from Japan, sweet and tender and not fishy at all, is topped with pickled grated ginger and wisps of scallion after being cured in salt to remove moisture. Michael Mayo,, "Review: Kaizen Sushi Bar in Fort Lauderdale shines with quality and value," 20 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of fishy

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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24 Jun 2020

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“Fishy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of fishy

: of or relating to fish especially : tasting or smelling like a fish
informal : causing doubt or suspicion : likely to be bad, untrue, dishonest, etc.


\ ˈfi-shē How to pronounce fishy (audio) \
fishier; fishiest

Kids Definition of fishy

1 : of or like fish a fishy odor
2 : causing doubt or suspicion The story sounds fishy to me.

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