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catfish Syllabification: cat·fish
Pronunciation: /ˈkatˌfiSH/

Definition of catfish in English:

noun (plural same or catfishes)

1A freshwater or marine fish with whiskerlike barbels around the mouth, typically bottom-dwelling.
  • Order Siluriformes: many families, including the Eurasian family Siluridae and the large North American family Ictaluridae
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 wolffish.


(often as noun catfishing) Back to top  
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
  • Some friends and I were catfishing the Minnesota River until well past midnight on a cloudy, moonless night.
  • I hooked a carp that was yellow as a goldfish while I was catfishing.
  • He'd spent more than a few cheery nights with them as they catfished on the Clinch River.
2 [with object] US informal Lure (someone) into a relationship by means of 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
  • While there isn't much data at this point, catfishing is becoming more common anecdotally.
  • His words are instead funneled through Nick, who has been catfishing his best friend.
  • He said the athletic department catfished several athletes to teach them the dangers of social networking.

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