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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)
  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.

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