\ 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

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Theon isn't exactly the best fighter on Game of Thrones, so why Bran sought his help is fishy. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "This Game of Thrones Theory Suggests Bran Is Actually Evil," 29 Apr. 2019 As for vaginal odor, only a strong, fishy smell is a reason for concern. Editors, Seventeen, "Is My Vagina Normal?," 18 Oct. 2018 Up the Creek, order the fried oysters or shrimp gumbo, some chilled Sauvignon Blanc and gaze out at the marshes and river and watch the seagulls diving for their own fishy dinners (313 Water St., Gully Wells, WSJ, "A Trip to the Florida of Yore," 12 Dec. 2018 There's nothing fishy about scrambling to finish your Halloween costume. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "These 4 Last-Minute DIY Mermaid Costumes Will Make a Splash This Halloween," 26 Oct. 2018 The most common reason behind a fishy vaginal odor, hands down, is bacterial vaginosis (BV). Korin Miller, SELF, "Here’s What Could Be Going On if You Have Fishy Vaginal Odor," 26 June 2018 One challenge is countering the fishy flavor with other ingredients, and testing different strains of algae to find milder ones. Jesse Newman, WSJ, "Six Technologies That Could Shake the Food World," 2 Oct. 2018 John Bazemore-Pool/Getty Images Georgia secretary of state and Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp has raised eyebrows with some fishy tactics heading into his race against Democrat Stacey Abrams. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Brian Kemp’s office opens investigation into Georgia Democratic Party days ahead of the election," 4 Nov. 2018 Because MoviePass is also a distributor, this looks fishy. Rebecca Farley,, "All The Mobster Drama Surrounding John Travolta's Zero Percent Rotten Tomatoes Movie," 19 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
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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