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fishy

[fish-ee] /ˈfɪʃ i/
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 of fishy
1540-1550
1540-50; fish + -y1
Related forms
fishily, adverb
fishiness, noun
Synonyms
5. peculiar, queer, strange, suspect, dubious.
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  • I guess he's done saying "fishy, fishy in the brook" by this time, Dorry said he got them out of the German.

    The William Henry Letters Abby Morton Diaz
  • Not on your life; it was the slippery-looking cove with fishy eyes.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • Another erroneous assertion by the same author is that the flesh is rank, fishy and hard.

    Canadian Wilds Martin Hunter
  • What could have tempted her to play the part of a fishy thing?

    The Mermaid Lily Dougall
  • If it were not altogether too fishy, I should say she had a suspicion concerning those diamonds.

    The Diamond Coterie Lawrence L. Lynch
  • Avoid 'fishy' mouths, too wide for their (the vases') hight.

  • To Kazan and Gray Wolf it was the scent of a water animal, rank and fishy, and they took it for the beaver.

    Kazan James Oliver Curwood
  • "This has a fishy look to me, Hiram," said Clancy, after reading the letter.

    Owen Clancy's Happy Trail Burt L. Standish
British Dictionary definitions for fishy

fishy

/ˈfɪʃɪ/
adjective 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
Derived Forms
fishily, adverb
fishiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for fishy
adj.

late 15c., from fish (n.) + -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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Slang definitions & phrases for fishy

fishy

adjective

Very probably false or dishonest; very dubious: The whole proposition is decidedly fishy

[1840+; probably fr the unpleasant odor of spoiled fish]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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