Definition of gurnard in US English:



  • A bottom-dwelling fish of coastal waters, with a heavily boned head and three fingerlike pectoral rays, which it uses for searching for food and for walking on the seabed.

    Family Triglidae: several genera and many species, including the common European Eutrigla gurnardus

    • ‘In shallow waters, you'll eventually get tired of tripping over monkfish (angler fish) of all sizes, plaice, turbot, soles, gurnards, scorpionfish and literally hundreds of edible crabs and lobsters.’
    • ‘Whilst herrings, sprats and mackerel are still deservedly popular, eel sections, lamprey, gurnard, and many other salt and fresh water species are experimented with.’
    • ‘In a sandy gully bounded by low, fissured limestone sides, we come across a pogge and a long-spined scorpion fish, a tub gurnard and finally a lemon sole.’
    • ‘Their main food supplies are dabs, whiting and gurnards, all fish that are easily outrun and caught by chasing tope.’
    • ‘Schoolteacher Carol, it transpires, has fallen in love with a fish - a gurnard, to be precise - residing in a local aquarium.’


Middle English: from Old French gornart, from grondir ‘to grunt’, from Latin grundire, grunnire.