fishly

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From fish +‎ -ly.

Adjective[edit]

fishly (comparative fishlier or more fishly, superlative fishliest or most fishly)

  1. Of, relating to, characteristic of, or pertaining to fishes; piscine.
    • 1699, Cowley, Cooke's Voyage:
      [] which fowles "would strike at our men as they were aloft: "some of them wee killed and eat: they seemed-" to us very good, only tasted somewhat fishly.
    • 1916, Everybody's magazine:
      Twice the cork bobbed prophecies of a fishly investigation. Twice the angler raised the squirming bait; but each time minus the scaly victim.
    • 1916, University of Michigan. College of Engineering, The Michigan technic:
      At this the Fish did titter a fishly Titter, and Bit!
    • 1920, John Arthur Thomson, Biology of the Seasons:
      It is a personality of a fishly sort.
    • 1989, Einar Ingvald Haugen, Norwegian-American Historical Association, Immigrant idealist:
      The perch, for example, regards the danger as exaggerated: all one needed was to exercise moderation, "as a fishly virtue"; "it had bitten off many a bait without suffering any damage to its body."
    • 2000, Piers Anthony, Vale of the Vole:
      In due course they reached the far side of the Element of Water, gourd annex. The path lead through a translucent vertical wall, and there seemed to be no special challenge to passing through it, except for their fishly status.
    • 2009, Jean Elizabeth Ward, Chinese Wonder Book:
      "In sooth, the fellow talks as if in earnest," remarked the king, after a moment's reflection, "and though the request is, perhaps, the strangest to which I have ever listened, I really see no reason why I should not turn a fishly ear."

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