out·​fish ˌau̇t-ˈfish How to pronounce outfish (audio)
outfished; outfishing; outfishes

transitive verb

: to outdo in fishing : to catch more fish than
Often, an efficient jig fisherman can outfish an angler using live bait. Kelly Bostian
: to attract more fish than
A pink or orange "bass worm" will often outfish the more traditional lures. Alan Liere

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web When the water is murky, shoreliners who use bait can outfish those in expensive boats trolling lures. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, 31 Jan. 2020 FEATHER RIVER After flows dropped from 40,000 cfs to 28,000 cfs, striper fishing was good, with minnows outfishing pile worms. By Roger George And Dave Hurley, sacbee, 15 May 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1844, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of outfish was in 1844

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Cite this Entry

“Outfish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outfish. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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