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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
1540-1550
1540-50; fish + -y1
Related forms
fishily, adverb
fishiness, noun
Synonyms
5. peculiar, queer, strange, suspect, dubious.
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Examples from the web for fishy
  • They are followed by a suspicious policeman who thinks there's something fishy about this group.
  • Acidic ingredients also tend to make fish taste delicate and less fishy.
  • Look for fish that have bright eyes, shiny skin, and a mildly fishy aroma.
  • Also the ability to see far away, so you can spot somebody doing something fishy and get him locked up.
  • That's certainly fishy since there's no shortage of them elsewhere in the galaxy.
  • She examines it with a fishy eye for a few minutes, then decides that she likes it.
  • Find something you think is fishy and search for yourself.
  • And the correlations are correlations, nothing fishy going on there.
  • Politics is a fishy business, and recently it's becoming root too.
  • Merely saying it's false or sounds fishy is not an argument.
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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