\ 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 Last fall, election software maker Election Runner contacted school administrators at J. M. Tate High School to alert them to something fishy about their recent vote for homecoming queen. Andy Greenberg, Wired, "Security News This Week: Homecoming Queen (and Her Mom) Arrested for Alleged Vote Hacking," 20 Mar. 2021 When Alicia explains that the Baron is away on a secret diplomatic mission, Lady Grillyer quickly concludes that something fishy is going on. Washington Post, "Cheer yourself up with light comedies from another era," 31 Mar. 2021 Viewers could dredge up contestants’ fishy history, or turn onscreen heroes into villains with a single screenshot. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "When the Fantasy of The Bachelor Finally Met Reality," 28 Mar. 2021 For Ma Jeng Shiuan, a university student in Taiwan, the answer was an opportunity for some fishy business. NBC News, "'Salmon chaos' in Taiwan as people change their names to get free sushi," 19 Mar. 2021 The paste is tuna flavored but somehow doesn’t smell fishy. Christina Vercelletto, CNN Underscored, "All the essentials your cat actually needs, according to vets," 5 Mar. 2021 On Fridays during Lent in the Midwest, many of us fry fish — including some who might not follow the Catholic practice of abstaining from eating meat on Fridays between Fat Tuesday and Easter, but still want to get that fishy fix. Adam Lukach,, "Batter up: 10 bars and restaurants in Chicago where you can get your Friday fish fry fix — including all-you-can-eat options," 26 Feb. 2021 The Milford, Connecticut, company launched the ad campaign after two California residents recently filed lawsuit alleging something fishy about Subway's tuna salad. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Subway defends tuna salad as containing real tuna," 1 Feb. 2021 There are claims that partisan poll watchers were too far away to observe well and therefore something fishy was probably going on. Colleen Long, Zeke Miller,, "‘We are going to reclaim the United States’: President Trump, his lawyers and allies take frantic steps to overturn Joe Biden’s victory," 20 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of fishy

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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26 Apr 2021

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“Fishy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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