\ ˈfi-shē \
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

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Nur Jahan, the 20th wife of the Emperor Jahangir, has, in turn, met with her share of fishy Tacitean innuendo. Maxwell Carter, WSJ, "‘Empress’ Review: Light of the Mughal World," 13 July 2018 Both noted that, until Phils shortstop Dave Bancroft swung at a bad first pitch with two outs in the ninth, nothing fishy was apparent. Frank Fitzpatrick,, "When and how the Phillies once played nine innings in 51 minutes," 9 July 2018 And that movement could teach us a lot about how our fishy ancestors learned to walk. John Rennie, WIRED, "This Mutation Math Shows How Life Keeps on Evolving," 1 July 2018 How to use it: Most collagen products advertise themselves as odorless and tasteless, but some products have a lingering fishy smell. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appetit, "What Is Collagen, the "Beauty Food" You're Seeing in Everything?," 23 Feb. 2018 Mueller's investigators have interviewed Vekselberg, who has ties to Vladimir Putin and has been banned from entering the U.S. The Russian billionaire's potential involvement smells fishy. Howard Kurtz, Fox News, "Forget Iran: Television, prodded by lawyer, pounces on Cohen-Russia allegation," 11 May 2018 There might be something fishy about the audience score. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The John Travolta Gotti movie is waging a Trump-style war on critics," 22 June 2018 Mushrooms: Avoid mushrooms with a fishy odor, slimy exterior or noticeable discoloration. Jennifer Farley, charlotteobserver, "The produce aisle cheat sheet you shouldn't shop without | Charlotte Observer," 10 Apr. 2018 John Carlisle, a British anesthesiologist (and legend in medical statistics) first called attention to the fact that something seemed fishy about PREDIMED in this June 2017 paper. Julia Belluz, Vox, "This Mediterranean diet study was hugely impactful. The science just fell apart.," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of fishy

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of fishy

: of or relating to fish; especially : tasting or smelling like a fish

: causing doubt or suspicion : likely to be bad, untrue, dishonest, etc.


\ ˈfi-shē \
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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