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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.’
2another 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.’
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