\ 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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There’s something fishy about the basil Melissa Windel is growing on her Wasilla farm. Steve Edwards, Anchorage Daily News, "How fish are helping grow basil and more at a Wasilla farm," 15 Aug. 2019 The requisite escargot did not taste fishy or rubbery - a nice buttery light nosh with garlic. Marc Bona,, "Edwins serves fine French dishes with a cause (review, photos)," 15 Aug. 2019 Democrats, still stinging from 2016, are already on high alert for any evidence of Russian interference or anything else that looks a bit fishy online. Emily Stewart, Vox, "#KamalaHarrisDestroyed debate signals how much we still don’t understand about social media manipulation," 2 Aug. 2019 Chelsey Lewis at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that loon chicks are pretty casual about being fed and just wait for their parents to bring them their fishy snacks on their own time. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Empty Nester Loons Adopt a Mallard Chick in Northern Wisconsin," 27 July 2019 At first, the Loon Project observed the duckling refusing the fishy food. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Loons in northern Wisconsin are raising a mallard duckling after they lost their own chick," 24 July 2019 Unsurprisingly, this was not the first report police had received about the fishy birds. Washington Post, "Nesting penguins can’t resist lure of New Zealand sushi shop," 18 July 2019 Kismet’s lemony tahini follows a similar arc, though Kramer and Hymanson limit its maturation to a few days to protect the delicate fats in the sesame seeds from becoming rancid and fishy. Ali Bouzari,, "Housemade: The science behind a feast of flavor pairings at Kismet in Los Angeles," 12 July 2019 Spaghetti alla Nerano, named for a fishing village down the coast from Naples, tasted sweet and oily and oddly fishy and altogether off-putting. Bill Addison,, "The pizzeria in ‘Eat Pray Love’ has a new Hollywood knockoff. It’s a flop.," 11 July 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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