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The phenomenon of internet predators that fabricate online identities and entire social circles to trick people into emotional/romantic relationships (over a long period of time).

Possible motivations: revenge, loneliness, curiosity, boredom

The term catfishing was inspired by the 2010 documentary "Catfish."
Gwen was worried that her online boyfriend was a phoney after she saw a TV program about Catfishing.
by 2Sweet&Naive February 01, 2013
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to take an unfortunate loss and turn of events.
"last night took an L, but tonight I bounce back" - Big Sean (2017)
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by urbansammy January 20, 2017
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Hiding who you really are to hook someone into an online relationship using Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, MySpace or by cell phone.
Guy 1: "Hey so I met this new girl online! She is so hot!"
Guy 2: "Have you ever seen her in person?"
Guy 1:"No, does that matter?"
Guy 2: "Better make sure she's not a catfish.."
Guy 1: "You think she's catfishing?!"
by Hope Swan January 19, 2014
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When someone decieves you about how they look
Girls wearing makeup but when da makeup gone they look ugly as fuck wow this iguana is catfishing
by Thefactualboys September 05, 2020
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A bottom feeder, a tag along, a person riding on the coat tails of someone to get where they are trying to go. A person looking for a free ride, the easy way out. In some cases a mooch. A person looking for a meal ticket, and a Liar.
Suzie got an inheritance, shortly after Johnny started dating Suzie. Suzie spent a ton of money on Johnny buying new clothes, big screen tv's, a new truck for Johnny, and a beautiful condo for her and Johnny to live in. Johnny swore he loved her. Suzie put the truck in Johnny's name because she too loved Johnny. Suzie soon realized that all of her money had been spent. Johnny then broke up with Suzie, took the truck, the tv's, the clothes, and never looked back. Suzie is now broke, and broken hearted. Shame on Johnny, he was just "cat fishing".
by Temperance01 January 17, 2013
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To have one large pubic hair protruding from one's zipper, whether purposely or by accident. The term comes from the long barbels, or whiskers that stick out from the mouths of catfish. While the whiskers of catfish house their taste buds and are used to search for food in murky waters, the act of catfishing will only serve to make you look like a complete slob, oblivious airhead, or creepy perv.
"So I was giving a presentation the other day, and I looked down and realized that I was totally catfishing! I was so embarrassed, so I spent the rest of the time with my back to the audience!"

"I was catfishing at the club last night and at least 3 people noticed!"
by winstysay July 29, 2009
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The person in the lobby of an online game with the lowest score for the round. Also could be the guy in a group or clan with the lowest round score is cat fishing.
"look at Terry cat fishing again"
by zing kong December 02, 2011
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