intransitive verbphished, phish·ing, phish·es
To request confidential information over the internet or by telephone under false pretenses in order to fraudulently obtain credit card numbers, passwords, or other personal data.
Origin of phishAlteration (influenced by phreak )of fish
(third-person singular simple present phishes, present participle phishing, simple past and past participle phished)
- To engage in phishing.
- An instance of a phishing attack.
Back-formation from phishing.