weak·​fish | \ ˈwēk-ˌfish How to pronounce weakfish (audio) \

Definition of weakfish

1 : a common marine bony fish (Cynoscion regalis of the family Sciaenidae) of the eastern coast of the U.S. that is an important sport and food fish

called also sea trout

2 : any of several fishes congeneric with the weakfish

Examples of weakfish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Overfishing probably wasn’t the cause of the weakfish’s latest decline. Capt. John Mcmurray, Field & Stream, "10 Great East Coast Fisheries That No Longer Exist," 10 Feb. 2020 The fishing was better there, anyway: Trump and his buddies fished all day long, hauling in fluke, weakfish, and porgies, while beachgoers admired the boat from afar. Thomas J. Campanella, The New Yorker, "The Trumpian Origins of New York’s Floating Billboard Problem," 18 Sep. 2019 Climate change was expected to make staple crops less nutritious and to lower the global availability of protein by a fifth, and may alter the mating calls of male weakfish. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's magazine, "Findings," 16 Sep. 2019 Also, look for weakfish in Guilford/Madison/New Haven Harbor areas. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Fishing Guide," 31 Aug. 2017 Most commonly taken are fluke, striped bass, weakfish, porgies and striped sea robins. Frank Cohen, courant.com, "For A Small State, Connecticut Rich In Fishing Spots," 17 May 2017

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First Known Use of weakfish

1791, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for weakfish

obsolete Dutch weekvis, from Dutch week soft + vis fish

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“Weakfish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weakfish. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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