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Fish appears in many tongue twisters:

  • fresh fish and fried prawns
  • I wish you were a fish in my dish
  • Five fat friars frying flat fish.
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Fish appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • At a draft, fish sift far data.
  • Trade paths if a fish taped art.
  • Epochs I fan act as if I sat… can a fish cope?
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Usage statistics for the noun fish:

conversational speech77.07%task-oriented speech22.93%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb fish:


The word fish is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun fish

What does fish mean as a name of something?

Fish is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: fish / fishes

  1. any of various mostly cold-blooded aquatic vertebrates usually having scales and breathing through gills
    • examples: the shark is a large fish | in the living room there was a tank of colorful fish
    • lexical domain: Animals - nouns denoting animals
    • more generic term: aquatic vertebrate = animal living wholly or chiefly in or on water
    • more specific terms:
    • parts:
      • fish scale = scale of the kind that covers the bodies of fish
      • roe = eggs of female fish
      • milt = seminal fluid produced by male fish
      • lateral line organ / lateral line = sense organs of fish and amphibians
      • fin = organ of locomotion and balance in fishes and some other aquatic animals
      • caudal fin / tail fin = the tail of fishes and some other aquatic vertebrates
      • fishbone = a bone of a fish
    • member of: Pisces = a group of vertebrates comprising both cartilaginous and bony fishes and sometimes including the jawless vertebrates; school / shoal = a large group of fish
    • young animal: fry / fingerling
    • collective noun: school (standard term) / shoal
    • collateral adjective: piscine
  2. the flesh of fish used as food
    • examples: in Japan most fish is eaten raw | after the scare about foot-and-mouth disease a lot of people started eating fish instead of meat | they have a chef who specializes in fish
    • lexical domain: Foods & Drinks - nouns denoting foods and drinks
    • more generic terms: food / solid food = any solid substance (as opposed to liquid) that is used as a source of nourishment
    • more specific terms:
      • panfish = any of numerous small food fishes
      • stockfish = fish cured by being split and air-dried without salt
      • anchovy = tiny fishes usually canned or salted
      • eel = the fatty flesh of eel; an elongate fish found in fresh water in Europe and America
      • gray mullet / grey mullet / mullet = highly valued lean flesh of marine or freshwater mullet
      • alewife = flesh of shad-like fish abundant along the Atlantic coast or in coastal streams
      • schrod / scrod = flesh of young Atlantic cod weighing up to 2 pounds; also young haddock and pollock
      • haddock = lean white flesh of fish similar to but smaller than cod
      • hake = the lean flesh of a fish similar to cod
      • trout = flesh of any of several primarily freshwater game and food fishes
      • rock salmon = any of several coarse fishes (such as dogfish or wolffish) when used as food
      • salmon = flesh of any of various marine or freshwater fish of the family Salmonidae
      • shad = bony flesh of herring-like fish usually caught during their migration to fresh water for spawning
      • smelt = small cold-water silvery fish
  3. (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Pisces
  4. the twelfth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about February 19 to March 20

Alternative definition of the noun fish


  1. [countable] A cold-blooded vertebrate animal that lives in water, moving with the help of fins and breathing with gills.
  2. [context: possibly archaic] Any animal that lives exclusively in water.
  3. [uncountable] The flesh of the fish used as food.
  4. [countable] A period of time spent fishing.
  5. [countable] An instance of seeking something.
  6. [uncountable] A card game in which the object is to obtain pairs of cards.
  7. [uncountable, derogatory, slang] A woman.
  8. [slang] An easy victim for swindling.
  9. [nautical] A makeshift overlapping longitudinal brace used to temporarily repair or extend a spar or mast of a ship.
  10. [nautical] Torpedo
  11. [slang] A bad poker player.

Definition of the adjective fish

What does fish mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. Of or relating to fish; piscine; ichthyic.

Definition of the verb fish

What does fish mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: fished | fishing | fishes

  1. seek indirectly
    • example: fish for compliments
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of fish: angle
    • more generic terms: look for / search / seek = try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of
  2. catch or try to catch fish or shellfish
    • examples: I like to go fishing on weekends | The men fish the area for animals | The men fish for animals in the area
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - being] [Verb]The children berry in the summerVerbs of Change of Possession: antique, berry, birdnest, blackberry, clam, crab, fowl, grouse, hay, log, mushroom, nest, nut, oyster, pearl, prawn, rabbit, seal, shark, shrimp, snail, snipe, sponge, whale, whelk
      [Agent - being] [Verb]I was huntingVerbs of Searching: dig, feel, hunt, mine, pan, poach, scrounge
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Location] for [Theme]I hunted the woods for game | I searched the cave for treasure | I stalked the woods for game | We rummaged the drawer for important documents
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme]I was hunting game
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Locative Preposition] [Location]I hunted game in the woods | I stalked game in the woods
      [Agent - being] [Verb] for [Theme] [Locative Preposition] [Location]I hunted for game in the woods
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Locative Preposition] [Location] for [Theme]I hunted in the woods for game
    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • more generic terms: catch / grab / take hold of = take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of
    • more specific terms:
      • crab = fish for crab
      • seine = fish with a seine
      • scallop / scollop = fish for scallops
      • rail = fish with a handline over the rails of a boat
      • brail = haul fish aboard with brails
      • angle = fish with a hook
      • shrimp = fish for shrimp
      • net fish = fish with nets
      • shark = hunt shark
      • trawl = fish with trawlers
      • still-fish = fish with the line and bait resting still or stationary in the water
      • prawn = fish for prawns

Other definitions of fish

What does fish also mean?


  1. [genetics] fluorescent in-situ hybridization; a technique used to identify whether a DNA sample has a specific sequence.


  1. Fish a.k.a. Laurence Fishburne: Laurence John Fishburne III is an American actor, playwright, director, and producer. He is best known for his roles as Morpheus in the Matrix science fiction film trilogy, Mr. Clean in Apocalypse Now, Cowboy Curtis on the television show Pee-wee's Playhouse, Ike Turner in the Tina Turner biopic What's Love Got to Do With It and as Furious Styles in Boyz n the Hood.
  2. Fish a.k.a. Craig T. Nelson: Craig Theodore Nelson is an American actor. He is best known for his Emmy-winning role as Hayden Fox on the TV series Coach, Deputy Ward Wilson in the 1980 film Stir Crazy, Steven Freeling in the 1982 film Poltergeist, the Warden in My Name is Earl, and Mr. Incredible in the 2004 film The Incredibles.
  3. Fish a.k.a. Chad Peter is an actor, cinematographer, film director, producer, and screenwriter.
  4. Fish a.k.a. Chris Shadley is a film director.
  5. Fish appeared in the 2011 documentary film Looking for Lenny.
  6. Fish a.k.a. Thomas Crawford is an actor.
  7. Fish a.k.a. Yu Xun is a film director, film producer and cinematographer.
  8. Fish a.k.a. Stephen Fisher is a cinematographer.

There are other people with in their name, like Bob Fish, Don Fish, Jim Fish, Jon Fish, Ken Fish, Nik Fish, Pat Fish, Ron Fish, Sal Fish and many others.


  1. Fish is a fictional character from the 2008 comedy film The Rocker.
  2. Fish is a fictional character from The Cat in the Hat.
  3. Fish is a fictional character from the 1903 film Alice in Wonderland.
  4. Fish is a fictional character from the 2012 film Due West: Our Sex Journey.
  5. Fish is a fictional character from the 2012 crime thriller film Sushi Girl.
  6. Fish is a fictional character from the 2010 film Rio Sex Comedy.
  7. Fish is a fictional character in the 2008 animated adventure film Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.
  8. Fish is a fictional character from the 2012 film Jungle Beat: Tiny Bubbles.
  9. Fish is a fictional character from the 1989 film Up Your Alley.
  10. Fish is a fictional character from the 2000 film Camera Obscura.
  11. Fish is a fictional character from the 2012 film Una Furtiva Lagrima.
  12. Fish is a fictional character from the 2013 film Doomsday Party.
  13. Fish is a fictional character from the 1923 film The Marriage Maker.
  14. Fish is a fictional character from the 2014 film The Boxtrolls.
  15. Fish is a fictional film character.

There are other characters with in their name, like Dr. Fish, Fish Boy, Fish Eye, Mr. Fish, Bass Fish, Fish Hawk, Phil Fish, Magic Fish, Angler Fish, Doctor fish, Doctor-Fish, Flying Fish, Little Fish, Oliver Fish, Rainbow Fish, Hollywood Fish and Fish Out of Water.


  1. "Fish" is a 2012 short animation film.
  2. "Fish" is a 2008 short film written and directed by Alexander Kott.
  3. "Fish" a.k.a. "Fish!" is a short film, directed by Damian Samuels & Mark Eccleston and written by Mark Eccleston & Damian Samuels.
  4. "Fish" is a 2005 short animated film written by Antoni Bankowski and directed by Marek Skrobecki.
  5. "Fish" is a 2005 short film directed by Eron Sheean.
    • also known as Fische
    • country: Australia
    • language: English Language
    • released on (9 years ago)
  6. "Fish" is a 2009 short film written and directed by Asa Johannisson.
  7. "Fish" is a film, directed by David Hutt.
    • starring: Martin Sheen
    • genre: Documentary film
    • released in (22 years ago)
  8. "Fish" is a 2010 short animated film directed by Mathieu Bories.
    • country: Canada
    • genre: Animation
    • released in (6 years ago)
  9. "Fish" is a film.

Phrases with Fish

Phrases starting with the word Fish:

  1. fish fly
  2. fish fry
  3. fish oil
  4. fish out
  5. fish-fly
  6. fish ball
  7. fish bowl
  8. fish cake
  9. fish crow

Phrases ending with the word Fish:

  1. go fish
  2. big fish
  3. fly-fish
  4. Ice Fish
  5. may fish
  6. net fish
  7. odd fish
  8. Rat Fish
  9. Wet Fish
  10. bony fish
  11. cold fish

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Fish

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Google previewThe plays of William Shakspeare, with the corrections and illustr. of various commentators, to which are added notes by S. Johnson and G. Steevens, revised and augmented by I. Reed, with a glossarial index (1805)

by William Shakespeare

The luce is the fresh fish ; the salt fish is an old coat.s 4 who writes himself armigero ;] Slender had seen the Justice's...

Google previewThe Complete Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1853)

With an Introductory Essay Upon His Philosophical and Theological Opinions by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The luce is the fresh fish, the salt fish is an old coat.

Google previewThe Complete Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Poetry, Plays, Literary Essays, Lectures, Autobiography and Letters (Classic Illustrated Edition) (2015)

The Entire Opus of the English poet, literary critic and philosopher, including The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Kubla Khan, Christabel, Lyrical Ballads, Conversation Poems and Biographia Literaria by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The luce is the fresh fish, the salt fish is an old coat.

Google previewMultilingual Dictionary of Fish and Fish Products (2009)

by OECD: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

DUT: Voedervis, industrievis FIN: Teollisuuskala, rehulaatu GER: Futterfisch, Industriefisch POR: Peixe para farinha RUS: Промысловая рыба SWE: Industrifisk TUR: Endustriyel balık Usually fish caught specifically for reduction into meal and ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Aquarium & Pond Fish (2008)

by David Alderton

Having selected the fish, invertebrates, and plants, the next problem was to decide what to call them.This may seem a rather bizarre statement, but a single species may have eight or more scientific names, each of which has its own supporters ...

Google previewThe World Almanac and Encyclopedia (1905)

Sarah Morris Fish, b. 183s! m. Sidney Webster. larnilton Fish Webstar, b.

Google previewLondon Encyclopaedia; Or, Universal Dictionary of Science, Art, Literature and Practical Mechanics (1829)

Comprising a Popular View of the Present State of Knowledge

Common wolf fish .

Google previewEncyclopedia of Jewish Food (2010)

by Gil Marks

Carp became the predominant Ashkenazic Sabbath fish in central and then eastern Europe as well. However, some Jews opted to use carp in a different form—gefilte fish. In Germany, carp replaced or joined pike as the primary ingredient of ...

Google previewThe New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (2014)

Volume 2: Geography by Richard Pillsbury

snapper, croaker (fish) [= grunt), mantelpiece, cherry tomato, throw up [= vomit], rainfrog [= small frog), pail, and store-bought bread [=white bread]. 4A. Atlantic Coastal: (peach) stone, ...

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Quotes about Fish

Trinculo [sees Caliban]: What have we here? A man or a fish? Dead or alive? A fish. He smells like a fish, a very ancient and fish-like smell, a kind of not-of-the-newest poor-john. (William Shakespeare)
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Scrabble value of F4I1S1H4

The value of this 4-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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