\ 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

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 Residents in the East Texas town encountered the fishy phenomenon after strong thunderstorms moved through the area. Ariana Garcia, Chron, 22 June 2022 Rosilez, meanwhile, said Democrats shouldn’t provide Republicans any reason to talk about fishy behavior in elections, considering that Republicans already rally voters by claiming that elections were rigged or stolen. oregonlive, 21 June 2022 Omar takes a few paces, then stops, realizing something fishy is going on. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, 2 May 2022 To be clear, there's absolutely nothing fishy about the octopus haircut. Sara Miranda, Allure, 24 Jan. 2022 This line coming in below a touchdown does seem fishy. Adam Burke Vsin, Los Angeles Times, 26 Nov. 2021 Common wisdom holds that the milk makes catfish taste less fishy, and, in this case, the common wisdom is correct. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 9 Mar. 2022 For many Lao immigrants establishing a new business in a new country, the worry was that a Lao menu would be too obscure for American diners — too bitter, too spicy, too fishy, too salty. New York Times, 8 Mar. 2022 The first land vertebrates inherited from their fishy forebears inner ears, fluid‑filled sacs or tubes filled with sensitive hair cells for balance and hearing. David George Haskell, Wired, 8 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of fishy

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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\ 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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