pl. tench′es or
a small, European, freshwater cyprinoid fish (Tinca tinca) now established in North America
Origin of tenchMiddle English and amp; Old French tenche ; from Late Latin tinca
nounpl. tench tench or tench·es
An edible Eurasian freshwater fish (Tinca tinca) having small scales and two barbels near the mouth.
Origin of tenchMiddle English tenche, from Old French, from Late Latin tinca, probably of Celtic origin.
(plural tench or tenches)
- A species of freshwater game fish, Tinca tinca.
(comparative more tench, superlative most tench)
- (slang) excellent performance in a tense situation.
From Old French tenche, from Late Latin tinca.