Definition of pinfish in English:

pinfish

noun

  • 1North American. Any of several sticklebacks. rare.

  • 2Either of two porgies of shallow waters on the eastern and Gulf coasts of the United States: Lagodon rhomboides, which has a dark spot on the lateral line behind the gill cover, and (more fully "spottail pinfish") Diplodus holbrooki, which has a black saddle on the caudal peduncle.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Henry Ward Beecher (1813–1887). From pin + fish, with reference to the sharp dorsal spines of these fishes.

Pronunciation

pinfish

/ˈpɪnfɪʃ/