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

  • adj. Resembling or suggestive of fish, as in taste or odor.
  • adj. Cold or expressionless: a fishy stare.
  • adj. Informal Inspiring doubt or suspicion: Something is fishy about the accident.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Diminutive of fish
  • adj. Of, from, or similar to fish.
  • adj. Suspicious; inspiring doubt.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

  • adj. of or relating to or resembling fish
  • adj. not as expected


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