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 1, 2013
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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 5, 2020
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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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A sexual act when a crazy cat lady inserts a can of tuna into her vagina and let's her cats go to town.
I heard that chick loves being catfished

"Hey Patrice, what are your plans for Valentines Day"
"Just some catfishing with Fluffy"
by Big Deal AU February 13, 2016
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Beeing lazy and watch tv or read and just do as little as possible when you could do other stuff. The reason for the term is that the catfish generally hang out on the bottom of the water, being lazy and doing all they need there without moving unnecessarily.
"I'm really tired, you up for some catfishing?"

"We could do some trekking, but I would prefer to take a chill day and just catfish."
"Catfishing sounds good to me."
by McKnas December 24, 2012
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Someone saying something thats not real
Hey check out this car i fixed everything.
Hey dude stop catfishing me its broken
by Imdaman5260 December 8, 2020
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