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1A freshwater or marine fish with whisker-like barbels round the mouth, typically bottom-dwelling.→ wels
- ‘Use the spear for nabbing medium-size freshwater fish like bass and catfish, or ocean fish such as grouper and flounder.’
- ‘Especially well adapted to low or nonexistent light levels are several new species of electric fishes and catfishes.’
- ‘The presence of year-round rivers also provides Iraq with freshwater fish such as catfish and members of the genus Barbus.’
- ‘Other fishes, such as catfishes and burbots, probably eat the young shovelnose sturgeons.’
- ‘Many of you will probably be thinking of going over to Spain to sample the carp fishing or to pursue catfish or perhaps even the various barbel forms.’
2another term for wolf fish
1[no object] Fish for catfish.‘with the Mississippi River far below its normal level, the catfishing kept getting better and better’
- ‘I hooked a carp that was yellow as a goldfish while I was catfishing.’
- ‘He and a friend were catfishing in Mill Creek when they came upon something really big.’
- ‘I do a little catfishing and try to take a surf fishing trip at least once a year.’
- ‘He'd spent more than a few cheery nights with them as they catfished on the Clinch River.’
- ‘Some friends and I were catfishing the Minnesota River until well past midnight on a cloudy, moonless night.’
- ‘Of course, I know him; we catfish together.’
2US informal [with object] Lure (someone) into a relationship by adopting a fictional online persona.‘he was being catfished by a cruel prankster’‘a victim of catfishing’
- ‘So how can you stay safe online and avoid being catfished?’
- ‘We also discovered that he had been catfishing Gus the whole time.’
- ‘The athlete put out a statement saying he was essentially catfished, but doubt is still rampant.’
- ‘I politely told her that since she had clearly catfished me I was going to have to pass on going out.’
- ‘While there isn't much data at this point, catfishing is becoming more common anecdotally.’
- ‘Why doesn't she stick around to help him figure out who is catfishing him?’
- ‘Parents have to scramble to make sure their kids aren't sending dirty messages to their friends, or getting bullied or catfished by an old man pretending to be a cool tween.’
- ‘His words are instead funneled through Nick, who has been catfishing his best friend.’
- ‘He said the athletic department catfished several athletes to teach them the dangers of social networking.’
- ‘I am so sorry I catfished you yesterday.’
- ‘He had been catfished into providing revealing photos of himself to a man who had posed as a woman.’
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