goose·​fish | \ ˈgüs-ˌfish How to pronounce goosefish (audio) \

Definition of goosefish

: any of a family (Lophiidae) of pediculate fishes with a large flattened head, a fringe of flaps along each side of the lower jaw, head, and body, and a long stalk on the head with a flap of flesh at the tip for attracting prey especially : monkfish

Examples of goosefish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Monkfish, also known as goosefish, are predatory fish that camouflage themselves on the ocean bottom and can grow to be about 5 feet long. Washington Post, 1 Mar. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'goosefish.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of goosefish

1807, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About goosefish

Time Traveler for goosefish

Time Traveler

The first known use of goosefish was in 1807

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near goosefish

goose egg



See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for goosefish

Cite this Entry

“Goosefish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on goosefish Encyclopedia article about goosefish


Test Your Vocabulary

Which Word Does Not Belong?

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!