Meaning of garfish in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɡɑːfɪʃ/

nounplural noun garfish, plural noun garfishes

  • Any of a number of long, slender fish with elongated beaklike jaws containing sharply pointed teeth.

    a marine fish (family Belonidae, in particular the common European Belone belone. Also called
    a freshwater fish (family Lepisosteidae and genus Lepisosteus). Also called

    ‘Moray eels, garfish and trumpetfish were roaming and snapping at a plethora of potential prey.’
    • ‘The garfish are extremely long fish, reaching around a metre in length, yet weighing only three pounds.’
    • ‘The tank features thousands of herring, mackerel, garfish, and horse mackerel, which are found off the coast of Denmark.’
    • ‘Leighton Beach has fished well for garfish, herring and yellow-finned whiting and for anglers with limited mobility is not a bad spot to fish.’
    • ‘The half-beaks, like the garfish, are capable of sustained gliding above the surface of the water, which accounts for the Thai name, pla kathung heo, meaning water-beetle.’
    • ‘There are garfish, tailor and bream around the headland whereas off shore the odd snapper or dolphin fish is being picked up.’
    • ‘Conger to over 50 lb, pollack, bass, rays, sole, plaice, bream, mullet, garfish, wrasse, tope, cod and probably a few others I've forgotten.’
    • ‘When chasing whiting and garfish I like to use small long-shank hooks.’
    • ‘All the headlands such as Towan and Trevose are places to go and wet a line for typical species such as wrasse, mackerel and garfish, but just do be careful and keep an eye out for rogue waves and lively sea conditions.’
    • ‘On the coast you saltwater fly fishers can expect to catch bass, mullet, garfish, flounders and mackerel.’
    • ‘The back-end is pike-shaped, the front is a cross between a garfish and a crocodile.’
    • ‘The cottages have windows in the floors that reveal a rich parade of marine life: bonefish, jacks, garfish and whip morays.’
    • ‘One Saturday lunchtime, garfish, gemfish, jewfish, skate, salmon and tuna are on the list.’
    • ‘These are almost identical to UK garfish, but have teeth and are much bigger, and they leap high in the air during the fight.’
    • ‘So in mid-may, we will sail over to the island again and fish for some big garfish.’
    • ‘Mullet, garfish or herring seem to be the preferred bait.’
    • ‘You will also catch plenty of mackerel and garfish in summer.’
    • ‘There's clear evidence that they are taking a terrible toll on species like king george whiting and garfish.’
    • ‘The other species moving around the river near Lismore is garfish.’
    • ‘If you've time to spare, a day fishing above the bridge with fly gear picks out some huge garfish which are keen to take any type of streamer fly with silver or white in it.’


Middle English apparently from Old English gār ‘spear’ + fish.