Fishy



[fish-ee] /ˈfɪʃ i/

adjective, fishier, fishiest.
1.
like a in shape, smell, taste, or the like.
2.
consisting of .
3.
abounding in .
4.
Informal. improbable, as a story; unlikely.
5.
Informal. of questionable character; suspicious:
The sudden knockout was fishy.
6.
dull and expressionless:
fishy eyes.
/ˈfɪʃɪ/
adjective fishier, fishiest
1.
of, involving, or suggestive of fish
2.
abounding in fish
3.
(informal) suspicious, doubtful, or questionable: their leaving at the same time looked fishy
4.
dull and lifeless: a fishy look
adj.

late 15c., from fish (n.) + -y (2). Sense of “shady, questionable” is first recorded 1840, perhaps from the notion of “slipperiness,” or of giving off a bad odor.

adjective

Very probably false or dishonest; very dubious: The whole proposition is decidedly fishy

[1840+; probably fr the unpleasant odor of spoiled fish]

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