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fatback Tweet Definition of fatback Like Definition of fatback on Facebook
noun
  1. A layer of fat, along the back of a pig, used as a cut of meat or to make lard
fathead Tweet Definition of fathead Like Definition of fathead on Facebook
noun
  1. (derogatory) An idiot; a fool.
Donny, you ! You forgot to put the milk in the fridge and now it's spoiled!
fighting fish Tweet Definition of fighting fish Like Definition of fighting fish on Facebook
noun
  1. a small aggressive freshwater fish, of the genus Betta, from Thailand
finlet Tweet Definition of finlet Like Definition of finlet on Facebook
noun
  1. Small rayless non-retractable fins between the last dorsal fin, dorsalor anal fin and the caudal fin of some fishes.
fish Tweet Definition of fish Like Definition of fish on Facebook
noun (collectively (UK) or (US) and when referring to two or more kinds fishes or informally fishies)
  1. (countable) A cold-blooded vertebrate animal that lives in water, moving with the help of fins and breathing with gills.
We have many in our aquarium.
  1. (context, possibly archaic) Any vertebrates that lives in water and cannot live outside it.
  2. (context, collectively) (plural of, fish)
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  1. (countable) A type of fish.
Salmon is a .
God created all the fishes of the world.
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  1. (uncountable) The flesh of the fish used as food.
The seafood pasta had lots of but not enough pasta.
  1. (countable) A period of time spent fishing.
The at the lake didn't prove successful.
  1. (countable) An instance of seeking something.
Merely two fishes for information told the whole story.
  1. (uncountable) A card game in which the object is to obtain pairs of cards.
  2. (context, uncountable, derogatory, slang) Women.
  3. (slang) An easy victim for swindle, swindling.
verb (fish, es)
  1. (intransitive) To try to catch fish, whether successfully or not.
She went to the river to for trout.
  1. (context, intransitive, followed by "about," "around," "through," etc.) To attempt to find or get hold of an object by searching among other objects.
Why are you fishing through in my things?
  1. (context, intransitive, followed by "around") To attempt to obtain information by talking to people.
The detective visited the local pubs fishing around for more information.
  1. (context, intransitive, cricket) Of a batsman, to attempt to hit a ball outside off stump and miss it.
  2. (context, transitive, followed by "for") To attempt to get hold of (an object) that is among other objects.
  • He was fishing for in his pocket the keys.
    1. (context, transitive, figurative, followed by "for") To attempt to gain.
The actors loitered at the door, fishing for compliments.
adjective
  1. Of or relating to fish.
It was a fine dinner.
  1. Of or relating to fishing.
Put the worm on a hook.
flatfish Tweet Definition of flatfish Like Definition of flatfish on Facebook
noun (flatfish, pl2=flatfishes)
  1. A fish of the order Pleuronectiformes, the adults of which have both eyes on one side and usually swim with the other side down, such as a flounder, a halibut, or a sole.
Flathead Tweet Definition of Flathead Like Definition of Flathead on Facebook
proper noun
  1. The Salish people of Washington state and British Columbia.
  2. Their Salishan language.
flier Tweet Definition of flier Like Definition of flier on Facebook
noun
  1. Something that fly, flies.
  2. Someone who pilots or rides in an airplane.
  3. (Mainly US) A leaflet, often for advertising.
flounder Tweet Definition of flounder Like Definition of flounder on Facebook
noun (flounder)
  1. (countable) Any of various flatfish of the family Pleuronectidae or Bothidae.
verb
  1. (intransitive) To flop around as a fish out of land
  2. (intransitive) To make clumsy attempts to move or regain one's balance.
Robert yanked Connie's leg vigorously, causing her to and eventually fall.
  1. (intransitive) To act clumsy, clumsily or confused; to struggle or be flustered.
He gave a good speech, but floundered when audience members asked questions he could not answer well.
fluke Tweet Definition of fluke Like Definition of fluke on Facebook
noun
  1. A lucky or improbable occurrence, with the implication that the occurrence could not be repeated.
The first goal was just a .
  1. Either of the two lobes of a whale's or similar creature's tail.
The dolphin had an open wound on the left of its tail where the propeller had injured it.
  1. (nautical) Any of the triangular blades at the end of an anchor, designed to catch the ground.
The of the anchor was wedged between two outcroppings of rock and could not be dislodged.
  1. A flounder.
1949 The Origin of Medical Terms Henry Skinner
The fluke or flounder is a flat fish and the parasitic worm was so-named from a fancied resemblance to the fish.
  1. A trematode; a parasitic flatworm of the trematoda class, related to the tapeworm.
The man had become infected with flukes after eating a meal of raw fish.
  1. A metal hook on the head of certain staff weapons (such as a bill
  1. Etymology 1, bill), made in various forms depending on function, whether used for grappling or to penetrate armour when swung at an opponent.
The polearm had a wide, sharpened attached to the central point.
  1. In general, an offshoot from a central piece.
After casting the bronze statue, we filed down the flukes and spurs from the molding process.
verb (fluk, ed)
  1. (context, snooker) To obtain a successful outcome by pure chance from a bad shot.
He fluked the other red into the middle pocket, despite the double kiss.
flying fish Tweet Definition of flying fish Like Definition of flying fish on Facebook
noun
  1. A tropical marine fish of the family Exocoetidae, having enlarged winglike pectoral fins enabling it to escape predators by taking short gliding flights through the air.
flying gurnard Tweet Definition of flying gurnard Like Definition of flying gurnard on Facebook
noun
  1. Any tropical marine fish of the family of Dactylopteridae having immense wing-like pectoral fins used to glide through the water
fugu Tweet Definition of fugu Like Definition of fugu on Facebook
noun
  1. (food) blowfish, Blowfish: a delicacy popular in Japan served raw as sushi that may, if improperly prepared, contain deadly levels of neurotoxins.

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