\ 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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Meanwhile it’s been previously reported by Variety that Jacob Tremblay has been signed on as Ariel’s fishy friend Flounder, while Awkwafina will take on Scuttle the seagull. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Everything We Know About 'The Little Mermaid' Live Action Remake, Starring Halle Bailey," 4 July 2019 Ellis’ reporting alleged a fishy, so to speak, aquarium holding big bass that a father and son saw next to the boat in Long’s garage. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Legend of San Diego big-bass icon Mike Long is shattered," 3 July 2019 The fishy filling was copious, but airy in a way that seemed mystical. Amy Drew Thompson,, "Hocca, at the Florida Mall, is full of (hot, Brazilian) bologna | Review," 19 June 2019 Social media was abuzz early Wednesday as something fishy appeared to be going on with the Texans' star wide receiver's Instagram account. Jordan Ray, Houston Chronicle, "Texans' DeAndre Hopkins' Instagram account appears to have been hacked," 5 June 2019 But right away Emily knows there's something fishy with him. Sabrina Rojas Weiss,, "What's Really Up With Handmaid's Tale Enigma Commander Lawrence?," 5 June 2019 On Spetses, six or so thirtysomething Greeks come in, Athenians apparently, take a table, and then order at endless length, the waitress calling out each new fishy possibility with an evaluating shrug. Adam Gopnik, Town & Country, "My First Visit to the Greek Islands Turned Out to Be a Journey Home," 20 May 2019 Also, the Air Force is purchasing eight new F-15s in a deal that smells fishy, given the Acting Secretary of Defense’s work career. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Pentagon’s 2020 Budget Asks for Nearly 380 Aircraft, But One Buy Is Raising Eyebrows," 13 Mar. 2019 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

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First Known Use of fishy

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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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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