catfishing

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Derived from the documentary film about the subject, named "Catfish".

Noun[edit]

catfishing (uncountable)

  1. (Internet, psychology, slang) the act of setting up and running a false puppet social networking identity profile for fraudulent or deceptive purposes

Related terms[edit]

  • catfish ( person owning such a false profile )
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