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catfish (plural catfish or catfishes)
- Any fish of the order Siluriformes, that are mainly found in freshwater, are without scales, and have barbels like whiskers around the mouth.
type of fish
From the 2010 documentary Catfish.
- (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.
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