Definition of catfish in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkatfɪʃ/

noun (plural same or catfishes)

1A freshwater or marine fish with whisker-like barbels round the mouth, typically bottom-dwelling.
  • Order Siluriformes: many families, including the Eurasian family Siluridae (see wels) and the Callichthyidae (which contains a number of species that are popular in aquaria, in particular the genus Corydoras)
Example sentences
  • The presence of year-round rivers also provides Iraq with freshwater fish such as catfish and members of the genus Barbus.
  • Other fishes, such as catfishes and burbots, probably eat the young shovelnose sturgeons.
  • Especially well adapted to low or nonexistent light levels are several new species of electric fishes and catfishes.
2 another term for wolf fish.


(often as noun catfishing)
1 [no object] Fish for catfish: with the Mississippi River far below its normal level, the catfishing kept getting better and better
More example sentences
  • I do a little catfishing and try to take a surf fishing trip at least once a year.
  • He and a friend were catfishing in Mill Creek when they came upon something really big.
  • Of course, I know him; we catfish together.
2 [with object] US informal Lure (someone) into a relationship by adopting a fictional online persona: he was being catfished by a cruel prankster a victim of catfishing
Originally with reference to the 2010 documentary film Catfish, which concerns such a relationship
More example sentences
  • The athlete put out a statement saying he was essentially catfished, but doubt is still rampant.
  • We also discovered that he had been catfishing Gus the whole time.
  • Why doesn't she stick around to help him figure out who is catfishing him?

Words that rhyme with catfish

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