Fishly vs Wishly - What's the difference?

fishly | wishly |

As an adjective fishly

is of, relating to, characteristic of, or pertaining to fishes; piscine.

As an adverb wishly is

(obsolete|dialect) steadfastly; intently.




  • 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."




    (en adverb)
  • (obsolete, dialect) Steadfastly; intently.
  • *1603 , (John Florio), translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays , III.4:
  • *:To die seemeth unto him a naturall and indifferent accident: thereon he wishly fixeth his sight, and thereon he resolveth without looking elsewhere.