sunfish

noun sun·fish \ ˈsən-ˌfish \
|Updated on: 19 Jun 2018

Definition of sunfish

2 : any of numerous North American freshwater bony fishes (family Centrarchidae, especially genus Lepomis) usually with a deep compressed body and metallic luster

Recent Examples of sunfish from the Web

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

First Known Use of sunfish

circa 1630

in the meaning defined at sense 1

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler

Sunfish

trademark

Definition of Sunfish

used for a small light sailboat that has one sail

SUNFISH Defined for English Language Learners

sunfish

Definition of sunfish for English Language Learners

  • : a large fish with a round body that lives in the sea


SUNFISH Defined for Kids

sunfish

noun sun·fish \ ˈsən-ˌfish \

Definition of sunfish for Students

plural sunfish or sunfishes
: a small and brightly colored North American freshwater fish related to the perch

Learn More about sunfish


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up sunfish? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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

WORD OF THE DAY

a figure representing a hated person

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a-closeup-of-a-sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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