Definition of fishy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfɪʃi/

adjective (fishier, fishiest)

1Relating to or resembling fish or a fish: a fishy smell
More example sentences
  • It's a delicate white fish that's less fishy and less oily than the kind of catfish that usually gets drowned in chili powder.
  • It wasn't the most flavourful piece of salmon I have ever eaten, but, then again, if you want a fishy fish, you don't choose salmon.
  • It looked quite fishy, but no fish I know wobbles back and forth in spongy fashion when you try to cut it.
2 informal Arousing feelings of doubt or suspicion: I’m convinced there is something fishy going on
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  • That doesn't mean, of course, that you should give the next wonderful scientific speaker you hear a fishy glance of suspicion.
  • He comes home too late, he gives fishy excuses, a strange woman called the other night and hung up when Patty picked up the extension.
  • Some of its doctors were implicated in the murder of their staff members who had suspected something fishy about the whole thing.
odd, queer, peculiar, strange, not quite right;
mysterious, murky, dark, shifty, disreputable, underhand
informal funny, shady, crooked, bent, not kosher, off
British informal dodgy
Australian/New Zealand informal shonky



Pronunciation: /ˈfɪʃɪli/


Example sentences
  • For once the suspicions about the fishiness of the outcome are correct, but not in any pejorative sense.
  • I specifically mentioned the extreme fishiness of resetting my password to ‘password’.
  • In fact it is uncannily like the real thing in appearance, but the taste lacks the level of saltiness and fishiness you would find in the genuine article.

Words that rhyme with fishy

dishy, maharishi, squishy, Vichy

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