fishily

fishy

[fish-ee]
adjective, fishier, fishiest.
1.
like a fish in shape, smell, taste, or the like.
2.
consisting of fish.
3.
abounding in fish.
4.
Informal. improbable, as a story; unlikely.
5.
Informal. of questionable character; suspicious: The sudden knockout was fishy.
6.
dull and expressionless: fishy eyes.

Origin:
1540–50; fish + -y1

fishily, adverb
fishiness, noun


5. peculiar, queer, strange, suspect, dubious.
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fishy (ˈfɪʃɪ)
 
adj , fishier, fishiest
1.  of, involving, or suggestive of fish
2.  abounding in fish
3.  informal suspicious, doubtful, or questionable: their leaving at the same time looked fishy
4.  dull and lifeless: a fishy look
 
'fishily
 
adv
 
'fishiness
 
n

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fishy
late 15c., from fish + -y (2). Sense of "shady, questionable" is first recorded 1840, perhaps from the notion of "slipperiness," or of giving off a bad odor.
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fishy definition


  1. mod.
    dubious; questionable; likely to be improper or illegal. (See also smell fishy.) : That was a pretty fishy story you told us.
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