catfish

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Etymology 1[edit]

From cat +‎ fish. Likely so named for its prominent barbels like a cat's whiskers.

Noun[edit]

catfish (plural catfish or catfishes)

  1. Any fish of the order Siluriformes, that are mainly found in freshwater, are without scales, and have barbels like whiskers around the mouth.

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Etymology 2[edit]

From the 2010 documentary Catfish.

Verb[edit]

catfish (third-person singular simple present catfishes, present participle catfishing, simple past and past participle catfished)

  1. (Internet, slang) To create a fake online profile to seduce someone.
    • 2013 January 17, Mary Pilon, “In Te’o Story, Deception Ripped From the Screen”, The New York Times, ISSN 0362-4331:
      Getting catfished is when someone falls for a person online who is not necessarily real. It can involve pictures, phone calls, social media profiles, text messages, e-mails and even phony friends or family members.
    • 2014 January 16, Donald Glover as Troy, “Cooperative Polygraphy”, Community season 5 episode 4, NBC, at 12:17:
      [to Abed] You made a profile for a fake dude and lured her into an online relationship. [to Annie] He's catfishing you.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see the citations page.