goby

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noun

go·​by ˈgō-bē How to pronounce goby (audio)
plural gobies also goby
: any of numerous spiny-finned fishes (family Gobiidae) that usually have the pelvic fins united to form a ventral sucking disk

Illustration of goby

Illustration of goby

go by

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verb

went by; gone by; going by; goes by

intransitive verb

: pass sense 3b
as time goes by

Examples of goby in a Sentence

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Noun
Before the water could be cleared, translucent two-inch fish called tidewater goby took up residence there. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 Sep. 2023 Advertisement Organizers of the triathlon did not receive confirmation of the tidewater goby’s presence in the Zuma Beach underpass until late August. Matt Hamilton, Los Angeles Times, 26 Sep. 2023 But one fish, the bearded goby, is positively thriving in this inhospitable ecosystem. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 16 July 2010 But the presence of the tidewater goby meant the road could not be cleared nor a temporary ramp erected — at least before the triathlon. Matt Hamilton, Los Angeles Times, 26 Sep. 2023 The round goby is a small, soft-bodied fish with a black spot on its dorsal fin. Claire Reid, Journal Sentinel, 25 Aug. 2023 Coral Connections by Alex Mustard Two semi-transparent ghost gobies swim among the branches of a fan coral in the Lembeh Strait of Indonesia. Carlyn Kranking, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Sep. 2023 Additionally, unlike these natives, round gobies do not grow big enough to be desirable for commercial or recreational fishing. Claire Reid, Journal Sentinel, 25 Aug. 2023 There are lots of aquatic fishes that use their fins in similar ways to the mud skippers on the land, says Gordon, like gobies, a group of more than 2,200 species of fishes to which mudskippers are related. Sofia Quaglia, Discover Magazine, 9 May 2023
Verb
For purists, fear not—concrete has not gone by the wayside. Rachel Gallaher, Robb Report, 19 Nov. 2023 But as the years went by, there was still no match. Annabelle Allen, CBS News, 18 Nov. 2023 Formerly known as Bankable Productions, the production shingle will now go by the name SMiZE Productions. Joe Otterson, Variety, 16 Nov. 2023 Most of the rubble goes by rail to a disposal facility in Clive, Utah. Class B and C low-level waste get sent to a site near the town of Andrews in West Texas. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Nov. 2023 Pieces of evidence After the victims were discovered, authorities reviewed surveillance video from the area and saw the suspect's white Hyundai Elantra go by the victims' house three times, before entering the area for a fourth time at 4:04 a.m, according to the affidavit. Sasha Pezenik, ABC News, 13 Nov. 2023 Jeff Divine, whose last name was previously Ayan and also went by Ender Ayanethos for a time, is a Michigan native and a business school graduate from Western Michigan University. Ale Russian, Peoplemag, 9 Nov. 2023 The teenagers, who went by Jill, Joy and Jan, may have met Tina, Kading says. Christine Pelisek, Peoplemag, 8 Nov. 2023 The spokesman for Hamas's military wing, who goes by Abu Obaida, said Hamas fighters had destroyed 27 Israeli military vehicles over the past 48 hours, firing dozens of mortar shells and clashing with Israeli forces across the enclave. Compiled By Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 7 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Latin gobius gudgeon, from Greek kōbios

First Known Use

Noun

1769, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1508, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of goby was in 1508

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“Goby.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goby. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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goby

noun
go·​by ˈgō-bē How to pronounce goby (audio)
plural gobies also goby
: any of numerous spiny-finned fishes that often have the pelvic fins united to form a sucking disk

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