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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English fischynge, equivalent to fish +‎ -ing.

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fishing (countable and uncountable, plural fishings)

Stilt fishermen in Sri Lanka.
  1. (uncountable) The act of catching fish.
    We had a good day's fishing at the weekend.
  2. (uncountable, informal) The act of catching other forms of seafood, separately or together with fish.
  3. (uncountable) Commercial fishing: the business or industry of catching fish and other seafood for sale.
    This is good news for the fishing industry.
  4. (countable) A fishery, a place for catching fish.
    • 1596 (date written; published 1633), Edmund Spenser, A Vewe of the Present State of Irelande [], Dublin: [] Societie of Stationers, [], →OCLC; republished as A View of the State of Ireland [] (Ancient Irish Histories), Dublin: [] Society of Stationers, [] Hibernia Press, [] [b]y John Morrison, 1809, →OCLC:
      the rent of the fishings
    • 1917, The Scots Law Times, volume 2, page 190:
      Generally speaking, the only fishings which appear separately in Valuation Rolls as having a lettable value in their actual state from year to year are salmon-fishings.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From fish +‎ -ing.



  1. present participle and gerund of fish
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