spear·​fish | \ ˈspir-ˌfish How to pronounce spearfish (audio) \

Definition of spearfish

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: any of several billfishes (genus Tetrapturus) having the anterior part of the first dorsal fin about as high as the body is deep


spearfished; spearfishing; spearfishes

Definition of spearfish (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to fish with a spear

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There, the ocean is filled with Pacific blue marlin, tuna, mahi-mahi, and spearfish. Stephanie Granada, Sunset, "10 Epic Fishing Trips in the West," 22 Jan. 2018 Twenty or more members of the Pulitzer clan rent a house to snorkel, spearfish, swim, picnic and trawl with their boat. Linda Marx, New York Times, "A Love of Adventure Leads to Love Near Home," 2 June 2017 Recent studies have shown that gelatinous animals feature prominently in the diets of spearfish and two different types of tuna. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Researchers Spot Giant, Deep-Sea Octopus Munching on an Unusual Snack," 31 Mar. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

An American tourist is being treated in a Florida hospital after being attacked by a shark while spearfishing in the Bahamas. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "American tourist in Bahamas bitten by shark while spearfishing," 24 Sep. 2018 Employees of The Washington Post, CNN, the Associated Press, NPR, the Onion, Human Rights Watch, NASA, Microsoft and the Executive Office of the President all clicked on links in spearfishing emails. Rachel Weiner, Washington Post, "Two hackers accused of tricking reporters indicted," 17 May 2018 As threats to a fun Saturday afternoon go, which is scarier — a sober shark or a drunk guy spearfishing near swimmers that included kids? David J. Neal, miamiherald, "The beach swimming area had children. And a guy spearfishing, Keys cops say," 24 June 2018 Putin has cultivated something of a tough-guy image — photos of the bare-chested leader horseback riding, diving and spearfishing while on vacation in Siberia went viral. Jane Onyanga-omara, USA TODAY, "Putin personally launches four ballistic missiles: Kremlin," 27 Oct. 2017 A YouTuber who goes by the handle Over The Edge posted footage of himself spearfishing near Middle Sambo Reef off Boca Chica in early June with a buddy named Justyn. Todd Masson, NOLA.com, "Reef shark chomps spearfisherman's leg: Video," 14 Aug. 2017 The Encinitas resident was spearfishing in the waters west of Mexico’s Coronado Islands and had just speared the monster tuna. Ernie Cowan Outdoors, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Man vs. tuna: Quite a tale to tell," 8 July 2017

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First Known Use of spearfish


circa 1882, in the meaning defined above


circa 1949, in the meaning defined above

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