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A Fish (Coho Salmon)

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Etymology 1

From Old English fisc < Proto-Germanic *fiskaz < Proto-Indo-European *peisk-, *pisk-. Cognate with Dutch vis, German Fisch, Swedish fisk. The Indo-European root is also the source of Latin piscis, Russian пискарь, Irish iasc.

Noun

Singular
fish

Plural
collectively (UK) fish or (US) and when referring to two or more kinds fishes or informally fishies

fish (collectively (UK) fish or (US) and when referring to two or more kinds fishes or informally fishies)
  1. (countable) A cold-blooded vertebrate animal that lives in water, moving with the help of fins and breathing with gills.
    We have many fish in our aquarium.
  2. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Any vertebrate that lives in water and cannot live outside it.
  3. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Plural form of fish.
  4. (uncountable) The flesh of the fish used as food.
    The seafood pasta had lots of fish but not enough pasta.
  5. (countable) A period of time spent fishing.
    The fish at the lake didn't prove successful.
  6. (countable) An instance of seeking something.
    Merely two fishes for information told the whole story.
  7. (uncountable) A card game in which the object is to obtain pairs of cards.
  8. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Women.
  9. (slang) An easy victim for swindling.
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Etymology 2

From Old English fiscian.

Adjective

fish (not comparable)

Positive
fish

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. Of or relating to fish.
    It was a fine fish dinner.
  2. Of or relating to fishing.
    Put the worm on a fish hook.
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Verb

Infinitive
to fish

Third person singular
fish

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
es

to fish (third-person singular simple present fish, present participle es, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (intransitive) To try to catch fish, whether successfully or not.
    She went to the river to fish for trout.
  2. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To attempt to find or get hold of an object by searching among other objects.
    Why are you fishing through in my things?
  3. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To attempt to obtain information by talking to people.
    The detective visited the local pubs fishing around for more information.
  4. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Of a batsman, to attempt to hit a ball outside off stump and miss it.
  5. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To attempt to get hold of (an object) that is among other objects.
  6. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To attempt to gain.
    The actors loitered at the door, fishing for compliments.
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