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[fish-ee] /ˈfɪʃ i/
adjective, fishier, fishiest.
like a fish in shape, smell, taste, or the like.
consisting of fish.
abounding in fish.
Informal. improbable, as a story; unlikely.
Informal. of questionable character; suspicious:
The sudden knockout was fishy.
dull and expressionless:
fishy eyes.
Origin of fishy
1540-50; fish + -y1
Related forms
fishily, adverb
fishiness, noun
5. peculiar, queer, strange, suspect, dubious. Unabridged
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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


adjective fishier, fishiest
of, involving, or suggestive of fish
abounding in fish
(informal) suspicious, doubtful, or questionable: their leaving at the same time looked fishy
dull and lifeless: a fishy look
Derived Forms
fishily, adverb
fishiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for fishy

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



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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