Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “phishing”

phishing

noun [U]
 
 
/ˈfɪʃɪŋ/
the practice of sending emails to people to trick them into giving information that would let someone take money from their Internet bank account (= an arrangement with your bank to keep your money there and take it out when you need it) StealingCheating and trickingPlotting and trappingInternet terminology and abbreviations
(Definition of phishing from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “phishing” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

pint

a measure for liquid equal to about half a litre

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More