Meaning of “catfish” in the English Dictionary

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"catfish" in British English

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catfishnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkæt.fɪʃ/ us /ˈkæt.fɪʃ/ plural catfish

Examples from literature

  • But some Americans use only their hands to catch catfish. 
  • Catfish lay their eggs in holes under water that is about 21° C. And they like to stay close to their eggs. 
  • Now grab the catfish quickly with your hands and pull it out of the water. 
  • The catfish will think your fingers are food and will bite them. 
  • The male sea catfish is important, too. 

(Definition of “catfish” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"catfish" in American English

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catfishnoun [ C ]

us /ˈkætˌfɪʃ/

an edible fish with a flat head and stiff growths like hairs around its mouth, found in rivers and lakes

(Definition of “catfish” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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