Definition of nannygai in US English:


nounPlural nannygais

  • The redfish of Australia (Centroberyx affinis).

    • ‘Reef Fishing: offshore small and large mouth nannygai are prolific in the deeper waters.’
    • ‘Further west there are thousands of small nannygais in between the rocks just off the reef.’
    • ‘In Australia redfish has become the official name of the nannygai.’
    • ‘There are times when the wreckage is obscured by thousands of schooling fish, like nannygai, yellowtail and pike.’
    • ‘The deeper water has seen small-mouth and large-mouth nannygai in good numbers and of good quality.’


Late 19th century: from a New South Wales Aboriginal language.