from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who fishes with a hook.
  • n. A scheming person.
  • n. An anglerfish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who fishes with a hook and line.
  • n. An angler fish.
  • n. Someone who tries to work an angle; a person who schemes or has an ulterior motive.
  • n. Pilferers or petty thieves, who, with a stick having a hook at the end, steal goods out of shop-windows, grates, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who angles.
  • n. A fish (Lophius piscatorius), of Europe and America, having a large, broad, and depressed head, with the mouth very large. Peculiar appendages on the head are said to be used to entice fishes within reach. Called also fishing frog, frogfish, toadfish, goosefish, allmouth, monkfish, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who angles; a fisher with rod and line.
  • n. The fish Lophius piscatorius, the typical representative of the family Lophiidæ (which see).
  • n. A general name of the pediculate fishes, from the presence of a modified free dorsal spine, or ‘fishing-rod,’ above the mouth.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. fishes having large mouths with a wormlike filament attached for luring prey
  • n. a fisherman who uses a hook and line
  • n. a scheming person; someone who schemes to gain an advantage


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