Meaning of FISH in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ fɪʃ ]

( fish, or fishes, fishes, fishing, fished)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.

Note: The form 'fish' is usually used for the plural, but 'fishes' can also be used.


A fish is a creature that lives in water and has a tail and fins. There are many different kinds of fish.

I was chatting to an islander who had just caught a fish...

The fish were counted and an average weight recorded.



Fish is the flesh of a fish eaten as food.

Does dry white wine go best with fish?



If you fish , you try to catch fish, either for food or as a form of sport or recreation.

Brian remembers learning to fish in the River Cam.



If you fish a particular area of water, you try to catch fish in it.

On Saturday we fished the River Arno.

VERB : V n


If you say that someone is fishing for information or praise, you disapprove of the fact that they are trying to get it from someone in an indirect way.

He didn’t want to create the impression that he was fishing for information...

‘Lucinda, you don’t have to talk to him!’ Mike shouted. ‘He’s just fishing.’

= angle

VERB : V for n , V [ disapproval ]


see also fishing


If you tell someone that there are plenty more fish in the sea , you are comforting them by saying that although their relationship with someone has failed, there are many other people they can have relationships with. ( INFORMAL )


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