Definitions

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

  • n. Any of several widely distributed marine fishes of the family Scombridae, especially the Atlantic mackerel (Scomber scombrus), an important food fish having dark wavy bars on the back and a silvery belly.
  • n. Any of the smaller fishes of the suborder Scombroidea, such as the Spanish mackerel.
  • n. Any of various similar fishes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An edible fish of the family Scombridae, often speckled.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A pimp; also, a bawd.
  • n. Any species of the genus Scomber of the family Scombridae, and of several related genera. They are finely formed and very active oceanic fishes. Most of them are highly prized for food.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of several different fishes of the family Scombridæ, and especially any fish of the genus Scomber.
  • n. The bonito, Sarda chilensis.
  • n. The common mackerel of next to the smallest of the four commercial sizes (large, seconds, tinkers, blinks), which are supposed to indicate respectively four, three, two, and one years of growth.
  • n. (See also frigate-mackerel.)
  • To fish for or catch mackerel; go on a mackerel voyage.
  • n. A pander or pimp.
  • n. In Australia, a fish, Scomber antarcticus, Castln., similar to the chub mackerel, Scomber Japonicus, Houttuyn; in New Zealand, Scomber australasious, Cuv. and Val.

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

  • n. flesh of very important usually small (to 18 in) fatty Atlantic fish
  • n. any of various fishes of the family Scombridae

Etymologies

Middle English makerel, from Old French maquerel.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French maquerel, from a Germanic source. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Another problem with mackerel is that once a prisoner's sentence is up, there's little to do with it -- the fish can't be redeemed for cash, and has little value on the outside.

    Boing Boing

  • The sky was what is called a mackerel sky—rows and rows of faint down-plumes of cloud, just tinted with the midsummer sunset.

    The War of The Worlds

  • Gavin and Grandad were fishing for mackerel from the harbor wall when the seal popped its head out of the water.

    Excerpt: Inside Grandad by Peter Dickinson

  • The sky was what is called a mackerel sky – rows and rows of faint down-plumes of cloud, just tinted with the midsummer sunset.

    The War of The Worlds by H. G. Wells: Part 3 | Solar Flare: Science Fiction News

  • The sky was what is called a mackerel sky — rows and rows of faint down-plumes of cloud, just tinted with the midsummer sunset.

    The War of the Worlds

  • Saba, otherwise known as mackerel, is a staple for me.

    Saba-Weekday style for the Doc

  • This latter method of splitting is known as mackerel splitting.

    Chapter 5

  • Scilly Isles, I saw an even more remarkable duel between a porbeagle -- as the Cornish people call the mackerel-shark -- and a pipit, in which, strange to relate, the bird came off victorious.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 156, March 26, 1919

  • The sky was what is called a mackerel sky -- rows and rows of faint down-plumes of cloud, just tinted with the midsummer sunset.

    The War of the Worlds

  • For mackerel, which is a surface and midwater fish, they are much shorter, so that the headrope lies just below the top of the water.

    A Poor Man's House

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    June 7, 2011

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    June 6, 2011

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    June 6, 2011

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    June 6, 2011

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    June 6, 2011

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    June 6, 2011

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    June 3, 2011

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    January 31, 2011

  • The H.M.S. Mackerel was listed as a "transport" captured at Yorktown in 1781. Let me take this opportunity to say that I love that there was a ship named Mackerel. I wonder if it was holy.

    October 29, 2007