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1A freshwater or marine fish with whiskerlike barbels around the mouth, typically bottom-dwelling.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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 wolffish
1[no object] Fish for catfish.‘with the Mississippi River far below its normal level, the catfishing kept getting better and better’
- ‘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.’
- ‘He and a friend were catfishing in Mill Creek when they came upon something really big.’
- ‘Of course, I know him; we catfish together.’
- ‘I hooked a carp that was yellow as a goldfish while I was catfishing.’
- ‘He'd spent more than a few cheery nights with them as they catfished on the Clinch River.’
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’
- ‘I politely told her that since she had clearly catfished me I was going to have to pass on going out.’
- ‘The athlete put out a statement saying he was essentially catfished, but doubt is still rampant.’
- ‘We also discovered that he had been catfishing Gus the whole time.’
- ‘He had been catfished into providing revealing photos of himself to a man who had posed as a woman.’
- ‘He said the athletic department catfished several athletes to teach them the dangers of social networking.’
- ‘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?’
- ‘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.’
- ‘His words are instead funneled through Nick, who has been catfishing his best friend.’
- ‘While there isn't much data at this point, catfishing is becoming more common anecdotally.’
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