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[aw-fish, of-ish] /ˈɔ fɪʃ, ˈɒf ɪʃ/
adjective, Informal.
aloof; unapproachable; standoffish.
Origin of offish
1825-35, Americanism; off + -ish1
Related forms
offishly, adverb
offishness, noun Unabridged
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  • For this reason it is recommended that a regulation prohibiting the use offish as bait be established on this pond.
  • Based on recaptures of fin-clipped hatchery fish, the residence of juveniles varied inversely with size offish at release.
  • With no competing species offish and an abundance of aquatic insects available as food, this is an ideal trout pond.
  • Trout and a small minnow are the only species offish present in the pond.
  • Care should be taken to keep out other species offish.
  • The golden shiner is the only other species present and great care should be taken not to introduce other kinds offish.
British Dictionary definitions for offish


(informal) aloof or distant in manner
Derived Forms
offishly, adverb
offishness, noun
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