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noun Fish
A counter, used in various games.

Etymology: F. fiche peg, mark, fr. fisher to fix

noun Fish
  1. A name loosely applied in popular usage to many animals of diverse characteristics, living in the water.
  2. [Zoöl] An oviparous, vertebrate animal usually having fins and a covering scales or plates. It breathes by means of gills, and lives almost entirely in the water. See Pisces.
  3. pl.The twelfth sign of the zodiac; Pisces.
  4. The flesh of fish, used as food.
  5. [Naut]
    1. A purchase used to fish the anchor.
    2. A piece of timber, somewhat in the form of a fish, used to strengthen a mast or yard.

Note: ☞ The true fishes include the Teleostei (bony fishes), Ganoidei, Dipnoi, and Elasmobranchii or Selachians (sharks and skates). Formerly the leptocardia and Marsipobranciata were also included, but these are now generally regarded as two distinct classes, below the fishes.

Note: Fish is used adjectively or as part of a compound word; as, fish line, fish pole, fish spear, fish-bellied.

Etymology: OE. fisch fisc fis, AS. fisc; akin to D. visch, OS. & OHG. fisk, G. fisch, Icel. fiskr, Sw. & Dan. fisk, Goth. fisks, L. piscis, Ir. iasg. Cf. Piscatorial. In some cases, such as fish joint, fish plate, this word has prob. been confused with fish, fr. F. fichea peg

verb Fish
  1. To attempt to catch fish; to be employed in taking fish, by any means, as by angling or drawing a net.
  2. To seek to obtain by artifice, or indirectly to seek to draw forth; as, to fish for compliments."Any other fishing question." [Sir W. Scott.]
verb Fish
  1. To catch; to draw out or up; as, to fish up an anchor.
  2. To search by raking or sweeping.
  3. To try with a fishing rod; to catch fish in; as, to fish a stream.
  4. To strengthen (a beam, mast, etc.), or unite end to end (two timbers, railroad rails, etc.) by bolting a plank, timber, or plate to the beam, mast, or timbers, lengthwise on one or both sides. See Fish joint, under Fish (n.)

Etymology: OE. fischen fisken fissen, AS. fiscian; akin to G. fischen, OHG. fisc�n, Goth. fisk�n. See Fish the animal

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  1. Any of various mostly cold-blooded aquatic vertebrates usually having scales and breathing through gills ("the shark is a large fish" and "in the living room there was a tank of colorful fish")
  2. The flesh of fish used as food ("in Japan most fish is eaten raw", "after the scare about foot-and-mouth disease a lot of people started eating fish instead of meat", and "they have a chef who specializes in fish")
  3. The twelfth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about February 19 to March 20
  4. (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Pisces
  5. Catch or try to catch fish or shellfish ("I like to go fishing on weekends")
  6. Seek indirectly ("fish for compliments")

From fish in its various senses.

  1. A surname​.

Notable Persons Named Fish

Fish is a rock music, neo-progressive rock, art rock, and pop music musician. He was most prominent from 1981 to present. Fish was given the name Derek William Dick on April 25th, 1958 in Dalkeith, Midlothian, Scotland. Fish is also known as Fish.


Fish Leong is a mandopop musical artist. She has been prominent since 1997. Fish is also known as Jasmine Leong.


Fish was born in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India.


Fish Markham is a cricketer.


Fish was born in 1919. He breathed his last breath on March 28th, 2005.



Notable Persons With the Last Name Fish

Albert Fish is a criminal. Albert is also known as Frank Howard, Thomas A. Sprague, Robert Hayden, and John W. Pell.


Phil Fish is a video game design and video game designer. Phil was given the name Philippe Poisson in 1984 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Phil is also known as Poisson and Philippe.


Fish is a rock music, neo-progressive rock, art rock, and pop music musician. He was most prominent from 1981 to present. Fish was given the name Derek William Dick on April 25th, 1958 in Dalkeith, Midlothian, Scotland. Fish is also known as Fish.


Hamilton Fish was a Governor of New York and Lieutenant Governor of New York. Hamilton was born on August 3rd, 1808 in New York City, New York, US. He left this life on September 7th, 1893.


Bobby was born on October 27th, 1976 in Albany, New York, United States. Bobby is also known as Jackson, Jerk; Fisher, and Madden.


Samantha Fish is a blues and roots rock musician. She has been prominent since 2009. Samantha was born on January 30th, 1989 in Kansas City, Missouri, United States.


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Popularity of Fish as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Fish U.S.
  White 91.87% 64.26%
  African American 1.97% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.66% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.94% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.66% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.91% 16.26%

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Fun Facts about the name Fish

  • How Popular is the name Fish? As a last name Fish was the 1,425th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Fish first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Fish is Wednesday, April 14th, 1886.
  • How unique is the name Fish? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Fish. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Fish: Your name in reverse order is Hsif. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Fshi. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Fish? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 24,924 people with the last name Fish.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Fish? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 8 of them will have Fish as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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