from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Resembling or suggestive of fish, as in taste or odor.
  • adjective Cold or expressionless.
  • adjective Informal Inspiring doubt or suspicion.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Abounding in fish; inhabited by fish: as, the fishy flood.
  • Like fish; having a fish-like quality: as, a fishy taste or smell.
  • Extravagant, as a story; dubious or incredible, like many stories told about fishing and fishes. Compare fish-story.
  • Dull and expressionless, like the eye of a fish.
  • Equivocal, unsafe, or unsound, as a speculation or a course of conduct: as, a fishy venture.
  • Plucky; brave; sturdy and enduring; thorough and faithful in duty: as, fishy to the backbone; a fishy man.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Consisting of fish; fishlike; having the qualities or taste of fish; abounding in fish.
  • adjective colloq. Extravagant, like some stories about catching fish; improbable; also, rank or foul.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun childish Diminutive of fish
  • adjective Of, from, or similar to fish.
  • adjective Suspicious; inspiring doubt.

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

  • adjective of or relating to or resembling fish
  • adjective not as expected


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