|Meaning||To assume a false identity|
Catfish is a term that refers to a person who pretends to be someone that he is not online. The term was made popular by a 2010 documentary and subsequent TV show of the same name.
The term commonly refers to users who deceive other users on social sites, particularly with online romances. A popular example of fake online romances is when football player Manti Te’o was duped into believing he was dating a woman with cancer. It was revealed that the girl didn't exist, a man had been pretending to be Te'o's girlfriend. Catfish is typically used as a verb but can also be used as a noun to label a person as a catfish.
"You still haven't met her after dating for three months?
Yeah, she keeps making excuses.
That's sketchy man, you might be dating a catfish."
|Updated||July 28, 2017|