fishier; fishiest
: of or resembling fish especially in taste or odor
: creating doubt or suspicion : questionable

Examples of fishy in a Sentence

There's something fishy about that guy. something's fishy about the way he's acting
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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of fishy was in the 15th century

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“Fishy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


fishier; fishiest
: of, relating to, or resembling fish
a fishy odor
: arousing doubt or suspicion : questionable
the story sounds fishy to me

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