Definition of catfish in English:



  • 1A freshwater or marine fish with whiskerlike barbels around the mouth, typically bottom-dwelling.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The presence of year-round rivers also provides Iraq with freshwater fish such as catfish and members of the genus Barbus.’
    • ‘Especially well adapted to low or nonexistent light levels are several new species of electric fishes and catfishes.’
    • ‘Other fishes, such as catfishes and burbots, probably eat the young shovelnose sturgeons.’
    • ‘Use the spear for nabbing medium-size freshwater fish like bass and catfish, or ocean fish such as grouper and flounder.’
  • 2

    another term for wolffish


  • 1[no object] Fish for catfish.

    ‘with the Mississippi River far below its normal level, the catfishing kept getting better and better’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I do a little catfishing and try to take a surf fishing trip at least once a year.’
    • ‘Of course, I know him; we catfish together.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2US informal [with object] Lure (someone) into a relationship by means of a fictional online persona.

    ‘he was being catfished by a cruel prankster’
    ‘a victim of catfishing’
    • ‘The athlete put out a statement saying he was essentially catfished, but doubt is still rampant.’
    • ‘He said the athletic department catfished several athletes to teach them the dangers of social networking.’
    • ‘We also discovered that he had been catfishing Gus the whole time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So how can you stay safe online and avoid being catfished?’
    • ‘Why doesn't she stick around to help him figure out who is catfishing him?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His words are instead funneled through Nick, who has been catfishing his best friend.’