Meaning of catfish in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkatfɪʃ/

Translate catfish into Spanish

nounplural noun catfish, plural noun catfishes

  • 1A freshwater or marine fish with barbels resembling whiskers round the mouth, typically bottom-dwelling.

    Order Siluriformes: many families, including the Eurasian family Siluridae (see
    ) and the Callichthyidae (which contains a number of species that are popular in aquaria, in particular the genus Corydoras)

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

    another term for wolf fish


  • 1no object Fish for catfish.

    ‘we catfished until the wee hours’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He'd spent more than a few cheery nights with them as they catfished on the Clinch River.’
    • ‘I hooked a carp that was yellow as a goldfish while I was catfishing.’
    • ‘Some friends and I were catfishing the Minnesota River until well past midnight on a cloudy, moonless night.’
  • 2US informal with object Lure (someone) into a relationship by means of a fictional online persona.

    • ‘he was being catfished by a cruel prankster’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Why doesn't she stick around to help him figure out who is catfishing him?’
    • ‘I am so sorry I catfished you yesterday.’
    • ‘I politely told her that since she had clearly catfished me I was going to have to pass on going out.’
    • ‘So how can you stay safe online and avoid being catfished?’
    • ‘He had been catfished into providing revealing photos of himself to a man who had posed as a woman.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He said the athletic department catfished several athletes to teach them the dangers of social networking.’
    • ‘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.’


    Originally with reference to the 2010 documentary film Catfish, which concerns such a relationship.