Definition of fishy in English:

fishy

adjective

  • 1Relating to or resembling fish or a fish.

    ‘a fishy smell’
    • ‘She could smell his stale fishy breath and nearly choked on it.’
    • ‘It's a delicate white fish that's less fishy and less oily than the kind of catfish that usually gets drowned in chili powder.’
    • ‘And when it's happened, you can smell it in the air, its very sweet, fishy smell sort of that just wafts across the lagoon.’
    • ‘I'm going to warn you here and now: it looks funky and it smells even funkier - a really fishy smell.’
    • ‘Lunch was that strange not so fishy fish Morgan had been introduced to the first day of her arrival.’
    • ‘It looked quite fishy, but no fish I know wobbles back and forth in spongy fashion when you try to cut it.’
    • ‘Beluga's cholesterol-packed eggs are the biggest and oiliest; not fishy, but still tasting, mysteriously, of the sea.’
    • ‘It wasn't the most flavourful piece of salmon I have ever eaten, but, then again, if you want a fishy fish, you don't choose salmon.’
    • ‘He loved how she enjoyed watching the clouds and he loved how she said the fishy smell of the Polperro docks was heavenly.’
    • ‘Filled with a strong fishy smell, it is the favoured gathering place for those seeking fresh seafood.’
    • ‘The strong, fishy smell of these materials may be objectionable.’
    • ‘Choose sushi wisely at the grocery store; it should smell fresh, not fishy.’
    • ‘Things had settled down and there was only one incident on the return journey, apart from, that is, various comments about a fishy smell coming from the back of the coach.’
    • ‘With no fishy smell or taste, it comes in convenient daily-dose packets.’
    • ‘A fishy smell littered the streets and vendors were closing their stalls.’
    • ‘I've never had better fish and chips, and the town didn't actually smell as fishy as you might expect.’
    • ‘The Cognac maintains a natural grape oiliness that can remove the fishy smell in the soup.’
    • ‘Otter spraint smells pleasantly musky or fishy.’
    • ‘At last the bus arrived and she climbed aboard, its fishy smell nearly causing her to gag.’
    • ‘Lydia supposed that after her walk through the wharves, she and her clothing smelled rather fishy.’
    fishlike, piscine, of fish
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  • 2informal Arousing feelings of doubt or suspicion.

    ‘I'm convinced there is something fishy going on’
    • ‘I found your report on salmon farm fishing both fishy and stinky.’
    • ‘He comes home too late, he gives fishy excuses, a strange woman called the other night and hung up when Patty picked up the extension.’
    • ‘If something smells fishy I avoid it and will tell others about it if I can.’
    • ‘You don't need to know the first thing about stem cells to smell something fishy here.’
    • ‘Roy remained silent even though he smelled something fishy about the whole situation.’
    • ‘It may be a story, but it's one that smells fishy from the very first sniff.’
    • ‘Her manner made me suspicious that there was something fishy going on and that I was being taught something that I had to be taught but they would sooner not teach to me.’
    • ‘I would go back for the rice alone, but something was seriously fishy about the fish.’
    • ‘Still, I can't decide if your question reads as fishy or is simply terribly indicative of your personality.’
    • ‘The mistress would not be the only person to suspect something fishy about Zola's death.’
    • ‘That doesn't mean, of course, that you should give the next wonderful scientific speaker you hear a fishy glance of suspicion.’
    • ‘The details about Jacob's mysterious boarding school were also very fishy.’
    • ‘Something smelled fishy, at least to those on the other end of the phone line.’
    • ‘But put together all the striking aspects of the story, and it smells fishy.’
    • ‘But there's only so much profit they will get away with before businesses start to smell something fishy.’
    • ‘So when she told Jim that she had to go to Liverpool to nurse this mystery sibling, we should have known there was something fishy going on.’
    • ‘She praised tenacious journalists' ability to smell when something's fishy - and to blow the whistle on it.’
    • ‘It all started to smell a bit fishy, shortly after it all became a lot clearer.’
    • ‘Whenever the general apathy characterising public servants gives way to zealousness, we smell something fishy.’
    • ‘Some of its doctors were implicated in the murder of their staff members who had suspected something fishy about the whole thing.’
    suspicious, questionable, dubious, doubtful, suspect
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Pronunciation

fishy

/ˈfɪʃi/