catfish

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Etymology[edit]

From cat +‎ fish. Likely so named for its prominent barbels like a cat's whiskers. The verb sense comes from the 2010 documentary Catfish.

Noun[edit]

catfish ‎(countable and uncountable, plural catfish or catfishes)

  1. Any fish of the order Siluriformes, mainly found in fresh water, lacking scales, and having barbels like whiskers around the mouth.

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

  1. (Internet, slang, transitive) To create a fake online profile to seduce (someone).
    • 2013 January 17, Mary Pilon, “In Te’o Story, Deception Ripped From the Screen”[1], 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 (TV), season 5, episode 4, NBC, 12:17 from the start:
      [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 Citations:catfish.