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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)

  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.
    • 1633, Edmund Spenser, A Vewe of the Present State of Irelande  [], Dublin: [] Sir James Ware; reprinted as A View of the State of Ireland [], Dublin: [] the Society of Stationers, [] Hibernia Press, [] By John Morrison, 1809:
      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 of fish
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