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[week-fish] /ˈwikˌfɪʃ/
noun, plural (especially collectively) weakfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) weakfishes.
any food fish of the genus Cynoscion, as C. regalis, inhabiting waters along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the U.S.
Origin of weakfish
1790-1800, Americanism; < Dutch weekvis (obsolete), equivalent to week soft, weak + vis fish Unabridged
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  • Lower estuary anglers can also catch marine species such as bluefish, weakfish, and flounder.
  • Spotted sea trout have a pair of enlarged canine teeth in their upper jaw and the lower jaw is projecting, as in a weakfish.
  • weakfish collected in mid-bay were intermediate in their stable isotope composition.
  • Slow trolling and bottom bouncing has also caught a few weakfish.
  • Bluefish catches have increased although weakfish remain pretty elusive.
  • The best news of all is that there are weakfish under some of these breakers.
  • Fishing the tide changes was also good for catching weakfish and rockfish.
British Dictionary definitions for weakfish


noun (pl) -fish, -fishes
any of several sciaenid sea trouts, esp Cynoscion regalis, a food and game fish of American Atlantic coastal waters
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Word Origin and History for weakfish

1838, from Dutch weekvisch, from week "soft" (see weak).

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