Fish Puns

Fish puns! 🐟 One of the most famous categories of puns on the internet, and that’s what this Punpedia entry is all about. Fish puns overlap a little with the entries on shark puns, beach puns, boat puns and water puns, so feel free to check out those articles for some related wordplay. Fish puns often centre around a few key topics: fins, jaws, names of species, and a few other fish-related topics.

As with all entries on Punpedia, if you’ve got a great pun, you can post it in the comments and one of our curators will add it to this entry. And if you’re looking for visual puns, there’s a collection of visual fish puns towards the end of this entry.

Fish Puns List

Each item in this list of fish puns is either a simple word-swap (e.g. Something → Somefin) or it may be a general rule from which multiple puns can be made. In the case of general rules, the asterisks sign (*) represents one or more letters. Without further ado, here is a big list of fish puns:

  • Could → Cod: As in “Cod we be friends?” and “Codn’t you hear me?”
  • *cod*: If a word contains the “cod” sound, or anything vaguely similar we can made a silly fish pun from it: avaCODo, acodemy, abracodabra, acodemia, acodemically, macodamia.
  • Mull it → Mullet: As in “I’ll mullet over and get back to you.”
  • Notwithstanding → Notfishstanding : As in “Nothfishtanding their enormity, they are quite streamlined creatures.”
  • Pacifist → Pacifisht: As in “I am a pacifisht, I don’t believe in war.”
  • Universe → Tunaverse: As in “The tunaverse is truly an incredible place.”
  • Hearing → Herring: As in “I’ve beening herring rumours around town…”
  • Aren’t you vehement → Anchovy-hement: As in “Anchovy-hement about your philosophical position?”
  • Scale: Fish have scales, and the term scales has many other uses which we can use for fish puns: “These puns are off the scales!” and “We need to scale back.” and “The startup went well initially, but their model didn’t scale.”
  • Thought → Trout: As in “I trout she loved me.” and “I was deep in trout.”
  • Tense → Tench: As in “The atmosphere here is really tench.” A “tench” is a freshwater with of the minnow family.
  • My nose → minnows: For example: “Minnows is sunburned!” and “Hey, give me back minnows!”.
  • Re* →Reel*: Most words starting with “re” can be made into fishing puns: reelationship, reelease, reelate, reelief, reeligion, reelative, reelevant, reelax, reeluctant, reeliable,, reeliability, reelieved, reeliance, reelay, reelapse, reelinquish, reeligation, reelive, reelentlessly.
  • Really → Reely: As in “This is a reely good boat pun” and “I’m having a reely good day on my boat!”.
  • Fan → Fin: As in “I’m your biggest fin!”
  • Fan* → Fin*: Words beginning with “fan” can be made into terrible fish puns: fintastic, fintabulous, fintasy, fintasise, finatic, finatical, fincy (fancy).
  • Fun → Fin: As in “We’re going to have so much fin!”
  • Fun* → Fin*: Words beginning with “fin” can be made into terrible fish puns: findamentally, findamentals,  finction (function), functionality, findraising, finniest (funniest),
  • Caffeine → Cafin: I need my morning cafin.
  • Something → Some fin: As in “There’s some fin about the way he walks” and “Is that a fish, or some fin else?”.
  • Nothing → No fin: As in “No fin is better than swimming with dolphins” and “I’ve got no fin left to give!”.
  • Anything → Any fin: As in “Any fin goes.” and “I never said any fin!”.
  • *thing → *fin: Generalising on the “some fin”, “any fin” and “no fin” examples, we can often replace “thing” with “fin” when it occurs at the end of the word: everyfin, clo-fin (clothing), breafin (breathing), soo-fin (soothing), scafin (scathing), sunbafin’ (sunbathing), sleufin’ (sleuthing), wrifin’ (writhing), blacksmifin’ (blacksmithing), bequeafin’ (bequeathing), frofin’ (frothing), locksmifin’ (locksmithing), badmoufin’ (badmouthing).
  • Thin → Fin: As in “Vanished into fin air.” and “You’re skating on fin ice.”
  • *thin* → *fin*: Some words that contain “thin” can become “fin” puns: airworfiness (airworthiness), freefinkers (freethinkers), newsworfiness (newsworthiness), stealfiness (stealthiness), wealfiness (wealthiness).
  • Think  → Fink: As in “I fink we should stop.”
  • Thin*  → Fin*: If a word begins with “thin”, we can make “fin” puns: finking (thinking), fink (think), finker (thinker), finning (thinning).
  • Fan* → Fin*: “fan” can sometimes be replaced with “fin” at the start of words to create fin puns: fintastic (fantastic), finciful (fanciful), finfare (fanfare), fintasy, findom, finciful.
  • Fine/Fin./Find/Fun → Fin: The word “fin” can be used to replace many small words than have both ‘f’ and ‘n’ like “fun” and “find”. The term “fin” also a French word meaning “finish”, and so is sometimes seen at the end of old films and books.
  • *fin*: If a word contains “fin”, it’s an easy fish pun: affinity, coffin, definitive, definitively, finch, finesse, finishfinished, finnish, finland, infinity, infinitesimal.
  • In* → Fin*: A lovely and shameful pun can be made from any word starting with “in”. Simply replace “in” with “fin”: finformation, finfluence, finvolve, finternational, finvolved, fintroduce, findeed, finvestment, finto, finclude, finteresting, fintellectual, finjury, fintend, finterview, finsurance, finstrument, … Thousand more can be made with the help of a list like this.
  • *fici* → *fishi*: If a word contains “fici” it can often be replaced with “fishi”. Here are some examples: affishionado, artifishial, benefishial, coeffishient, defishiency, defishit, ineffishient, suffishient, ofishial, profishient, superfishial.
  • Issue → Fishue: As in “That’s not the fishue here though.” and “I was fishued a sign for parking without a ticket”.
  • Net: “net” has two senses: “net weight” and “net income” is one sense, and “fish net” is the other sense.
  • Surgeon → Sturgeon: A “sturgeon” is a very large primitive fish with bony plates on the body. Have a look at the Wikipedia article.
  • Place → Plaice: “plaice” is a common North Atlantic flatfish.
  • Door salesperson → Dorsals-person: As in “Door-to-dorsals people are really annoying.” and “Does anyone actually buy things from dorsalsmen?”
  • Bubbly: “bubbly” has a “this water is bubbly” sense and a “he has a really bubbly personality” sense.
  • Bollocks → Pollocks: A “pollock” is a fish a greenish-brown fish of the cod family.
  • Dive: As in “The stock market took a dive today.” and “I tried to dive for the ball to intercept it.” and “This relationship has really taken a dive lately.”
  • Finland: As in “I head Finland has great fish puns.”
  • Snappy → Snapper: As in “That was a snapper comeback!” and “Well, there’s no need to get snapper with me.” A snapper is a type of fish.
  • Girl → Gill: As in “Our little gill grew up so fast!”
  • Tad → Shad: A “shad” is a common herring-like fish which lives in the sea and breeds in rivers.
  • Jelly: Can be used as a pun on jellyfish and the slang term for jealous (“Oh you’re just jelly.”) and as a pun on the food item.
  • Waded: Along with wading through water (as fishers do), this can mean to “read laboriously through a long piece of writing”, so a water pun could be by using it with this definition: “Wading through your last comment was difficult.” It could also just be used in place of “walk”.
  • *gil* → *gill*: If a word contains the “gill” sound, replacing it the letters “gill” is an easy homographic fish pun: gillt (guilt), gillty (guilty), gillbert (gilbert), gillotine (guillotine), gilld (guild), gilligan, gillded (gilded). We can also make (somewhat more laboured) gill puns by using words with the “jill” sound: a-gill-ity (agility), fra-gill-ity (fragility).
  • Reef: Words containing a “reef”-like sound can be made into homographic puns by switching in “reef”: greef (greif), breef (brief), breefcase (breifcase), preefabricated (prefabricated), preefer (prefer), reefill, reeflexes, reefunds, reefurbishment, reefreshed, reefuel, shereef (sherif), threefold.
  • What an animal → Water animal: As in “Water animal you’ve become.”
  • *ways → *waves: Words than end in “ways” can be made into bad wave puns: alwaves (always), railwaves (railways), sidewaves, pathwaves, lengthwaves, doorwaves.
  • *cy → *sea: If a word ends in “cy” it’s an easy “sea” pun: polisea, agensea, democrasea, currensea, emergensea, efficiensea, tendensea, frequensea, fansea, constituensea, pregnansea, accurasea, redundansea, bureaucrasea, presidensea, legasea, conspirasea, mersea, privasea, bankruptsea, consistensea, literasea, urgensea, deficiensea, dependency, consultansea, tenacity, isea (icy), secrecy, intimasea. See ocean puns entry for more.
  • Se* → Sea*: Some words that start with just “se” also have a “sea”-ish sound: seacret, searious, seariouslyseargeant, seacretion, seacure, seacurity, seacondary, seacretariat, seaconds, seacrete, searum, searenity, searvitude. See ocean puns entry for more.
  • Sea*: Most words starting with “sea” are easy sea puns: season, seasonal, seated, searingly, sealants, seam. See ocean puns entry for more.
  • See* → Sea*: If a word starts with “see” it can often be replaced with “sea” to create a simple sea pun: seaminly, seads, seaker, seathe, seap, seak, sean, sea (see). See ocean puns entry for more.
  • Se*cy/Ce*cy → Sea*sea: Most words that start with “se” or “ce” and end with “cy” can be double sea puns: seacresea (secrecy), sealibasea (celibacy).
  • Chum: This is a name for chopped fish and fish fluids thrown overboard as bait. Examples of regular usage: “My old chums.” and “We became friends while chumming down at the jetty.”
  • Shirk → Shark: As in “Stop sharking your responsibilities and get the job done.”
  • Shock → Shark: As in “I was still shivering from shark.”
  • What are → Water: “Water you doing out so late tonight?” and “Water you doing tomorrow?”
  • What are we → Watery: As in “Watery going to do?” and “Watery doing today, friends?”
  • Whatever → Waterever: As in “Waterever, I don’t care.” and “Do waterever you want”.
  • What her → Water: As in “I know water problem is.” and “Do you know water mother thinks about this?”.
  • What do → Water: As in “Water you think about this?”
  • What about → Water boat: As in “Water boat we have tofu curry for dinner tonight?” and “Water boat Ching? Does she want to come to the beach too?”
  • *pear → *peir: As in “Then all of a sudden she dissapeired!” and “After appeiring to check his watch, he quickly ran away.” and “That is a sharp speir you’ve got there”. People often catch fish from a pier.
  • Anymore → Nemo: As in “You’re not a kid nemo, Sarah!”
  • Nemesis → Nemo-sis: As in “She has always been my arch nemosis.”
  • Bas* → Bass*: The prefix “bas” can be sometimes be replaced with “bass”, the name of a freshwater fish to make fish puns: bass-ically (basically), bassis (basis), bassket, basstard.
  • Ass* → Bass*: The prefix “ass” can be replaced with “bass”, the name of a freshwater fish to make fish puns: bassignment (assignment), bassets (assets), bassault, bassemble, bassumption, basshole, bassertion, bassemble, bassociate, bassume, bassessment, bassure, bassist, bassailant, bass.
  • Confiscate → Conch-fish-scate: As in “I’m going to have to conchfishcate your pun licence for that one.”
  • Have you → Caviar: The word “caviar” sounds a bit like like “have ya”.
  • Turbo → Turbot: As in “Is this boat turbot-charged?” A turbot is a European flatfish.
  • Roe: The term “roe” is fish or shellfish eggs, and it can be inserted into many other words: roetine (routine), rowoemans (romans), rowtation/roetation (rotation), rowd/roed (rowed), rowse (rose), rowl (roll), rowp, rowmantic, rowbust, rowbot, rowgue, roest.
  • *row: If a word ends in “row” it’s an easy rowing pun: grow, throw, narrow, tomorrow, borrow, arrow, eyebrow, sorrow, overthrow, barrow, burrow, crow, harrow, marrow, sparrow, furrow, wheelbarrow, scarecrow, farrow, outgrow. Variations of these like growing, borrowing, sorrowful, etc. also work.
  • Should* → Shoald*: A “shoal” can refer to a large group of fish, or an area of shallow water, or an underwater sand bank. We can use “shoal” be used to make puns like: shoald (should), shoalder (shoulder), shoaldering.
  • Show l* → Shoal: This is a subtle one because it involves a word break. Whenever you use the word “show”, and the following word starts with an “L”, then you can replace “show” with “shoal” (a shoal is a large school of fish). For example: “That’s cool! You should shoal Liam.” and “She laughs when we shoal little blue flowers to her.”.
  • *tual* → *shoal*: A “shoal” can refer to a large group of fish, or an area of shallow water, or an underwater sand bank. If a word contains “tual” it can often be replaced with “shoal” for a cute little pun: actshoal (actual), actshoality (actuality), intellectshoal (intellectual), ritshoal (ritual), spiritshoal, mutshoally, eventshoal, eventshoally, conceptshoal, conceptshoalise, virtshoal, contractshoal, factshoal, factshoally, perpetshoal, textshoal, contextshoal, perceptshoal, punctshoal, instinctshoal, actshoally, habitshoally.
  • *sole → *shoal: As in “The shoal of my shoe is worn down.” and “Your new gaming conshoal is cool.” and “Yeah, he’s a bit of an asshoal.”
  • Wish → Fish: As in “I just fish we had more time!” and “If you rub the lamp you get three fishes“.
  • Fission → Fishin’: As in “Nuclear fishin’ is an exciting new technology.”
  • God → Cod: As in “There have been hundreds of cods invented throughout history” and “Cod is very cruel in the Old Testament” and “We’re lucky that cod is made up!”.
  • Pawn/Pwn → Prawn: This pun can be used in the gamer-culture sense: “I got prawned a pro last night”, in the chess sense “He moved his prawn to C4″, and in the pawnbroker sense: “I had to prawn all my stuff to pay for college.”
  • Sardonic: Sardonic means “grimly mocking or cynical”, and it sounds a bit like “sardine” (the small fish), so you might us this like: “It’s okay if you don’t like seaside puns but there’s no reason to be sardonic“. For extra cheesiness you can also use “sardinonic“, which is even closer to the word “sardine”, but is not a real word.
  • Certainly → Sardinely: As in “This is sardinely an excellent fish pun.”
  • Feeling → Eeling: As in “I’ve got a funny eeling about this…” and “I’m eeling bad about the state of this conversation”.
  • Wrath → Wrasse: As in “You provoked me, and now you shall experience my full wrasse!”
  • Wrestle → Wrassetle: As in “A friendly wrassetle is always good fun.”
  • Line: The word “line” has a tonne of different definitions and is involved in many idioms and cliches. It’s also short for “fishing line” amongst people who catch fish.
  • Opportunity → Opportunaty: As in “We’ve got one opportunaty, let’s make it count” and “Luck is  often combination of preparation and opportunaty“.
  • Opportunity → Op-perch-tuna-ty: As in “I’m glad I got an op-perch-tuna-ty to say this pun.”
  • *tun* → *tuna*: Generalising the above example, we can make a tuna pun on many words that contain “tun”: opportunaist, attunament, fortuna-teller, fortunately, tunable.
  • Perch: As in “I was perched on the branch, ready to jump down.” and “I perched the old vase on the edge of the plank.” A perch is a type of freshwater fish.
  • Dab: As in “Dab the ointment gently on the wound.” and “No, too much! Just a dab.” A dab is a small flatfish found mostly in the North Atlantic.
  • Thank → Tank: As in “Tanks so much for coming!” (A play on aquariums)
  • Okay → Hoki: As in “Try a little harder next time, Hoki?” The term “Hoki” refers to a type of hake fish.
  • Girl* → Gill*: As in “There was a strange gill sitting on the beach today.” and “Where is your gillfriend, today?”
  • Ill* → Gill*: If a word starts with “ill”, it can be replaced with “gill” to create a pun. Here’s a list of words to get you started: gillustrate (illustrate), gillegal (illegal), gillness (illness), gillusion (you get the idea), gillogical, gilliterate, gilluminate, gilluminati, gillusive.
  • Hil* → Gill*: If a word starts with “hil”, it can be replaced with “gill” to create a pun. Here’s a list of words to get you started: gill (hill), gillarious (hilarious), gillarity (hilarity), gilltop (hilltop).
  • Debate → Debait: As in “I don’t want to debait you.” and “We’re just having a friendly debait“.
  • Bet → Bait: As in “I bait you I’ll beat you in a fish pun battle.”
  • But → Bait: As in “I’d come along, bait I’ve got an appointment.”
  • Meant to → Manta: As in “I manta buy her a gift, but I forgot.” and “Is it manta make that sound?”. If you’re feeling brave you might also like to try “manta ray” as a replacement for “meant to say”.
  • Summon → Salmon: As in “He salmoned a spirit from the underworld.” and “Please salmon the duke, I have an urgent message!”.
  • Someone → Salmon: As in “Will salmon please help me?” and “Salmon’s at the door”.
  • Crea* → Cray*: Many words that begin with “crea” can be used to make shoddy crayfish puns. For example: crayture (creature), craytive (creative), crayte (create).
  • Crayon: The word “crayon” includes “cray” – the short version of “crayfish”, and so can be used as a pun.
  • Had → Haddock: A beautiful and terrible pun using the name of a North Atlantic bottom-dwelling fish. An example sentence might be: “I’ve haddock enough.”
  • Had it → Haddock: As in “I’ve just about haddock with your puns!”
  • Mack → Mackerel: The word “mack” is slang for “to flirt”. To “mack on” someone is to “hit on” them. One could make a very bad pun with the word “mackeral” (a type of fish).
  • Soul → Sole: A “sole” is a type of marine flatfish: “That girl’s got sole!”
  • Hook: People who catch fish use barbed steel hooks. An example sentence might be: “It’s likely that you’re hooked on fish puns.”
  • Ra* → Ray*: Many words that start with “ra” can be made into puns with “ray” (short for “sting ray”). For example: rayte (rate), raynge (range), rayse (raise), rayce (race), raydio, raylway, rayn, rayl, raytio, raydiation, raynbow, raycism, raynger. Many more can be made using this list.
  • *ration → *raytion: If a word ends in “ration” you can almost always make a stingray pun with it. For example: operaytion, administraytion, consideraytion, generaytion, concentraytion, corporaytion, preparaytion, demonstraytion, integraytion, registraytion, separaytion. You’ll find many more examples in this list.
  • *rag* → *rayg*: If a word contains “rag” it can sometimes be punned on. For example: “This discussion is absolutely outraygeous!”. Other examples are: discourayge, coverayge and beverayge.
  • Cuddle → Cuttle: As in “Would you like a cuttle?” and “Cuttling you is nice :)”.
  • It’s cool → School: The collective noun for a group of fish is “school”, as in “a school of fish”. So, replacing “it’s cool” with “school” gives us puns like “School, don’t worry about it” and “Don’t worry, school, she’ll be back soon.”
  • Coy → Koi: To be “coy” means to be “shy” or to pretend to be shy so as to be seen as cute or attractive. “Koi” are variety of carp fish commonly bred in Japan.
  • Hate → Hake: As in “I absolutely hake it when it rains at the beach”. Hake are a species of fish.
  • Rue → Roe: The term “roe” refers to a mass of fish eggs inside the ovaries of a fish or shellfish. “Rue” means to bitterly regret.
  • Batter: People who eat fish often cover it in a floury semi-liquid which gives it a crisp coating. Batter can also mean “to strike repeatedly with hard blows”. For example: “No more fish puns or I’ll batter you!”
  • Brilliant → Brill-iant: “Brill” are a common European flatfish. We can use it to make a fish pun of all the different variations of brilliant: brill-iant, brill-iance, brill-iantly.
  • Hearing → Herring: As in “He is hard of herring.” and “The judge said he will receive a second herring on Tuesday”.
  • Hell of it → Halibut: As in “Why? Just for the halibut!”. Halibut is a marine flatfish.
  • Harp* → Carp*: If a word starts with “harp” a fish pun can be made by switching it with “carp”. For example: “Oh will you stop carping on (harping on) about your fishing trip!” and “I think we’ll need to use a carpoon (harpoon)”.
  • Obs* → Lobs*: If a word begins with “obs” a terrible lobster pun can sometimes be made by switching it with “lobs”, as in observation (lobservation, or even lobstervation), obstruction (lobstruction or even lobsterusction), obscurity (lobscurity), obsolescence (lobseolescence), obsessively (lobsessively).
  • Fumble/Struggle → Flounder: The word “flounder” can refer to a small, common flatfish found in coastal waters and also, as a verb, to struggling, staggering or clumsily trying to do something. Use “flounder” to replace words like fumble and struggle: “He made a good sea pun at the start, but then floundered for the rest of his speech.”
  • Bereft → Bereeft: “bereft of” means “deprived of” of “lacking”. So an example sentence might be: “The old, stark beach house of bereefed of colour”.
  • Simmer → Swimmer: As in “I left the pot swimmering and now my vegetable curry is burnt!” and “Hey swimmer down, there’s no need to turn this into a fight”.
  • El* → Eel*: A word that starts with “el” can often be an eel pun: eelection (election), eelse (else), eelement (element), eelectricity, eeliminate, eelite, eelephant, eelectron, eeleven, eelegant, eeligible, eelderly, eelicit, eelated, eelusive, eeligibility, eelapse, eelevator, eelbow, eelastic, eeloquent, eelipse.
  • Go be → Goby: As in “Goby alone for a while – it will help”. A “goby” us a small fish which has a sucker on its underside.
  • Late → Lake: As in “It’s a bit lake to start now.”
  • School: Fish swim in “schools“, and there are a few usual definitions of school, plus some slang ones like in “You just got schooled!”
  • Tune a → Tuna: As in “How does one tuna piano?” and “I was trying to tuna guy at the club.”
  • Darn → Tarn: As in “Tarn it!” A tarn is a small mountain lake.
  • Try out → Trout: As in “I can’t wait to trout my new outfit!”
  • Creak → Creek: As in “These floorboards are creeky.”
  • Onion → Grunion: As in “Mushroom burger with extra grunion please!” A “grunion” is a small, slender Californian fish known for their unusual spawning behaviour in which they move out of the water onto the beach to bury their eggs.
  • Barfish: A barfish is another name for the yellow bass: “I’m feeling a little barf-ish reading so many terrible puns.”
  • Cuddle it → Codlet: A “codlet” is one of a family of family of species of cod-like fish: “That’s so cute! I’d codlet all day!”
  • Spike → Pike: As in “Someone piked the punch!”
  • Dang → Tang: As in “Tang nabbit!” A “tang” is a surgeonfish that occurs around reefs and rocky areas where it eats algae.
  • Catch: As in “Did you catch that?”
  • Official → Offishial: “This is an offishal fish pun.”
  • Selfish → Shellfish: “Stop being so shellfish!” and “Shellfishness is not going to help.”
  • Sell fish → Shellfish: “We need to shellfish all day if we’re going to make a profit.”
  • Bar Monday → Barramundi: As in “I like all the days barramundi.”
  • More → Moray: As in “Mum, we need moray sunscreen!”.
  • Trawl/Troll: As in “This internet trawl keeps posting annoying comments.”
  • Spineless → Boneless: As in “You boneless coward.”
  • Fistful → Fishtful: “A fishtful of daisies.”
  • Flinch →Flitch: As in “I didn’t even flitch!” A “flitch” is a name for a fish steak, usually cut from a halibut.
  • Head-ache →Haddock: As in “I’ve got a bit of a haddock, can we do this later?” A haddock is a common bottom-dwelling fish.

Fish-Related Phrases

Common phrases, idioms and cliches which are related to fish can be used for some subtle and witty word play. Here is a list of the fish-themed phrases that we’ve found so far:

  • Carpe diem
  • Going swimmingly
  • A fine kettle of fish
  • A drop in the ocean
  • A sea change
  • Swimming along nicely
  • A fish out of water
  • Plenty of fish in the sea
  • Something fishy about that
  • Something smells fishy
  • Bigger fish to fry
  • Fishing for compliments
  • A biting review
  • You must lose a fly to catch a trout
  • Old trout
  • Trouser trout
  • Stewed to the gills
  • To fish in troubled waters
  • Devil and the deep blue sea
  • Catch and release
  • To feel gutted
  • Bottom feeder
  • Big fish
  • Big fish in a small pond
  • Cold fish
  • Drink like a fish
  • Fish around
  • Fish eye
  • Fish for
  • Fish for a compliment
  • Fish out
  • Kettle of fish
  • Like a fish out of water
  • Like shooting fish in a barrel
  • Need (something) (about) as much a fish needs a bicycle
  • Need (something) like a fish needs a bicycle
  • Neither fish nor fowl
  • Other fish to fry
  • Pretty kettle of fish
  • Queer fish
  • There are plenty of fish in the sea
  • What’s that got to do with the price of fish?
  • Swim against the stream
  • Swimming with the fished
  • Sink or swim
  • Tilt (or tip) the scales
  • Squashed in like sardines
  • Off the hook
  • By hook or by crook
  • Hook on
  • In deep water
  • Full (or stuffed) to the gills
  • Fishy about the gills (hung over)
  • Shark bait
  • Bait and switch
  • Crow bait
  • Rise to the bait
  • Take the bait
  • Get your bait back (barely making expenses back)
  • Reel something in
  • Reel off something (e.g. say a list of items fast)
  • Wedding tackle
  • Catch a break
  • Catch on fire
  • Catch someone’s fancy, Catch by surprise
  • Catch one’s breath
  • Caught at a bad time
  • Catch in the act
  • Catch off guard
  • Catch red-handed
  • What’s the catch?
  • Catch-22
  • For god’s sake (cod’s hake)

Fish-Related Words

There are always more puns to be invented! Here’s a list of fish-related words to help you out. If you come up with any new fish puns, please share them in the comments!

swim, swam, creel, salmon, scales, tuna, shark, eel, snook, scad, trout, bluefin tuna, bony, bony fish, catfish, cod, pisces, vetebrate, lungfish, gill, herring, nibble, waders, flounder, gar, goldfish, pet fish, guppy, hagfish, koi, lamprey, loach, oarfish, parrotfish, pollock, piranha, porgy, sturgeon, angling, fishing, carp, sinker, hook, shellfish, anglerfish, skipjack, goby, aquatic animal, aquarium, anchovy, turbot, reef, shad, seafood, catch, aquaculture, cast, rod, tackle, reel, troll, float, bait, netting, handline, wade, wading, mackerel, fishery, swordfish, cichlid, bichir, cartilaginous fish, haddock, milt, panfish, fin, rainbow trout, spawner, prawn, shrimp, game fish, aquatic vertebrate, puffer, pufferfish, crayfish, piscine, whitefish, jellyfish, mullet, freshwater, saltwater, sea, river, lake, stream, creek, electric eel, fishy, gills, scales, scale, sardine, zebrafish, fishermen, fisherman, greenpeace, coral reef, barracuda, grouper, crappie, plaice, minnow, gudgeon, tunny, marlin, garfish, school, fishbone, roe, hake, trawl, seine, shoal, fins, sunfish, ectotherm, fisher, gulper, overfishing, pickerel, fish bowl, fish tank, piscatory, pescetarian, finlet, haaf, ocean, starfish, fisherwoman, recreational fishing, recreational, recreation, leisure, catch-and-release, pectoral fin, dorsal fin, ventral fin, ray, stingray, pectoral, dorsal, ventral, halibut, bream, mudskipper, fisheries, rock fish, bass, marine, clownfish, fish monger, gillnet, fishing rod, sailfish, chum, piscivorous, fillet, trawling, sprat, jig, chub, pike, ganoid, croaker, perch, boneless, kipper, fisherfolk, pompano, flake, fishmeal, gaff, whiting, spearfishing, sashimi, bottom feeder, molly, brill, skipper, pilchard, fish fingers, lance, gut, gutted, flitch, by-catch, bottom trawler

Fish Jokes

If you’re looking for extremely corny fish jokes, then you’ve come to the right place. Most of these jokes rely on some sort of pun for their punchline. Tap or hover on the back rectangle to show the answer.

  • Why is a fish so easy to weigh? – Because it has it’s own scales!
  • What do fish use to make telephone calls? – A shell-phone!
  • What’s the difference between a fish and a piano? – You can’t tuna fish!
  • What does the fish say when she hits into a concrete wall? – Oh dam!
  • What was the Tsar of Russia’s favourite fish? – Tsardines!
  • Why didn’t the crayfish share her toys? – She was too shellfish!
  • How do you tune a fish? – You can tuna fish with it’s scales.
  • What do you get if you cross an abbot with a trout? – A monkfish!
  • What fish goes up the river at 100mph? – A motor pike!
  • Why was the bluefish blue? – Because the blowfish wouldn’t.
  • What did the fish say when her friends kept making annoying puns? – I’m outta this plaice!
  • Why do some fish live at the bottom of the ocean? – Because they dropped out of school.
  • What is the best way to communicate with a fish? – Drop it a line!
  • What has big sharp teeth, a tail, scales, and a trunk? – A pike going on holiday.
  • What did the fish say to his boyfriend? – Your plaice or mine?
  • Why are fish so smart? – Because they live in schools!
  • Where do fish go to borrow money? – To the prawn broker, or sometimes a load shark
  • Why is a fishmonger never generous? – Because his business makes him sell-fish.
  • What’s the worlds laziest fish? – The kipper!
  • Which fish can perform operations? – A sturgeon!
  • What does a fish wrap round its shoulders to keep warm? – A shoal!
  • Where do baby fish go every morning? – Plaiceschool
  • Why did the fish blush? – Because the see-weed!

Fish Pun Images

We’ve scoured the internet and managed to gather together all the visual fish puns (memes, comics, etc.) that we could. If you’ve made or found any more, please share a link to it in the comments!

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Water Puns

This entry is about water puns! It’s closely related to the Punpedia entry on ocean puns, but with a tighter emphasis on water, and including puns about rivers, freshwater topics, liquid, ice and rain to name a few of the main topics. There is also a bit of cross-over with the beach puns entry, so check that out if you’re interested.

As usual, the images and visual puns at closer to the end of the article, so scroll down if that’s what you’re looking for. And if you’ve got a terrible/amazing pun that isn’t in this entry, please post it in the comments and one of our curators will add it to this entry.

Water Puns List

Each item in this list describes a pun, or a set of puns which can be made by applying a rule. If you know of any water related puns that we’re missing, please let us know in the comments at the end of this page!

  • What are → Water: As in “Water you doing out so late tonight?” and “Water you doing tomorrow?”
  • What are we → Watery: As in “Watery going to do?” and “Watery doing today, friends?”
  • What about → Water boat: As in “Water boat we have tofu curry for dinner tonight?” and “Water boat Ching? Does she want to come to the beach too?”
  • What do → Water: As in “Water you think about this?”
  • What her → Water: As in “I know water problem is.” and “Do you know water mother thinks about this?”.
  • Do you → Dew: As in “Dew want to grab a coffee some time?” and “How dew do?”
  • Whatever → Waterever: As in “Waterever, I don’t care.” and “Do waterever you want”.
  • Each → Beach: As in “Beach of us have our own towel”.
  • Bitch → Beach: As in “Those beaches don’t know me!” and “She says you were being a bit beachy“.
  • Damn → Dam: As in “This is the best damned water pun you’ve ever heard.” and “These dam otters are stealing all my trees.”
  • *dam*: Most words containing “dam” can be made into “dam” puns: damage, damnation, madam, goddamn, adamant, damsel, fundamental.
  • Shallow: As in “That comment was very shallow.”
  • Like → lake: As in “Swim lake a fish.” and “Lake a fish out of water.”
  • Current: As in “Currently we have no other options.”
  • *ways → *waves: Words than end in “ways” can be made into bad wave puns: alwaves (always), railwaves (railways), sidewaves, pathwaves, lengthwaves, doorwaves.
  • Fathom: A “fathom” is a unit of length equal to 6 feet (~1.8m) and is most commonly used in reference to the depth of water. Example sentences: “I can’t fathom what she means.” and “It’s completely unfathomable!”
  • Acquaintance → Aquaintance: As in “I don’t know her well, she’s just an aquaintance“.
  • No → Snow: As in “There’s snow way you’re coming with us.”
  • Tired → Tide: As in “It’s late, and I’m getting tide of water puns.”
  • Tidy → Tidey: As in “After the party we need to tidey the beach.”
  • Tied → Tide: As in “I’m tide up at the moment, can someone else help?” and “Yep, they tide the knot!”
  • Other → Otter: As in “It was just the otter day.”
  • Flow: As in “The conversation was flowing quite nicely for a while.” and “The rhythm and flow are just perfect.”
  • Seizure → Seazure: As in “If I read one more water pun I’m going to have a seazure.”
  • App* → Carpp*: If a word starts with “app” you can replace it with “carpp” to create a really bad pun on the freshwater fish. Examples include: carppear (appear), carpproach (approach), carpply (apply). You can find more “app*” words in this list.
  • Stream: As in “I’m streaming a video.” and “I can’t stream because my connection is too slow.”
  • You’re in → Urine: As in “Urine for a treat!” and “Urine for a fleecing!”
  • Wait → Wet: As in “I’ll just wet here.” and “We were wetting for a gap.”
  • Ponder: As in “I love to just sit and ponder the meaning of life.” And some similar ones: pondtificate (pontificate) pondtoon (pontoon), ponderously.
  • Waded: Along with walking through water, this can mean to “read laboriously through a long piece of writing”, so a water pun could be by using it with this definition: “Wading through your last comment was difficult.” It could also just be used in place of “walk”.
  • Wish → Fish: As in “I just fish we had more time!” and “If you rub the lamp you get three fishes“.
  • Tad → Shad: A “shad” is a common herring-like fish which lives in the sea and breeds in rivers.
  • Bubbly: “bubbly” has a “this water is bubbly” sense and a “he has a really bubbly personality” sense.
  • Boy → Buoy: As in “It’s a buoy!” and “His buoyfriend is a great person”.
  • Issue → Fishue: As in “That’s not the fishue here though.” and “I was fishued a sign for parking without a ticket”.
  • *able → *abubble: Words ending in “able” can be converted to terrible bubble puns by replacing it with “abubble”: reasonabubble (reasonable), availabubble (available), enabubble (enable), comfortabubble (comfortable), valuabubble (valuable), constabubble (constable), acceptabubble, capabubble, inevitabubble, vegetabubble, suitabubble, variabubble, vulnerabubble, profitabubble, acceptabubble, sylabubble, reliabubble, … Many more shameful puns like this can be made with the help a of list like this one.
  • *bably → *bubbly: As in “I’m probubbly going to stick around for a bit longer” and “It was indescribubbly mysterious” and “All the while he just impertububbly paced along the shore”.
  • *pear → *peir: As in “Then all of a sudden she dissapeired!” and “After appeiring to check his watch, he quickly ran away.” and “Don’t you think speir fishing is cruel?”.
  • ?id* → Squid*: If a word begins with “?id” where ‘?’ represents any letter, then this prefix can sometimes be replaced with “squid”. For example: squiddle (middle), squidlife crisis (midlife crisis), squidget (midget), squiddle (riddle), squidiculous (ridiculous), squideotape (videotape), squiddish (yiddish), squidth (width), squidow (widow), squidget (widget).
  • Kid* → Squid*: The prefix “kid” can be replaced with “squid” as follows: squidding (kidding), squidnapped (kidnapped), squidney (kidney), squid (kid).
  • Wail → Whale: As in “Poor thing, he’s been whaling over his grandmother who recently passed.” and “A good whale can help one overcome grief”.
  • El* → Eel*: A word that starts with “el” can often be an eel pun: eelection (election), eelse (else), eelement (element), eelectricity, eeliminate, eelite, eelephant, eelectron, eeleven, eelegant, eeligible, eelderly, eelicit, eelated, eelusive, eeligibility, eelapse, eelevator, eelbow, eelastic, eeloquent, eelipse.
  • Defin* → Dolphin: As in “We dolphinitely need more time to finish the mission.” and “What is the dolphinition of this word?” and “Please dolphine this word.” and “It’s the dolphinitive source of Nordic history.”
  • *tual* → *shoal*: A “shoal” can refer to a large group of fish, or an area of shallow water, or an underwater sand bank. If a word contains “tual” it can often be replaced with “shoal” for a cute little pun: actshoal (actual), actshoality (actuality), intellectshoal (intellectual), ritshoal (ritual), spiritshoal, mutshoally, eventshoal, eventshoally, conceptshoal, conceptshoalise, virtshoal, contractshoal, factshoal, factshoally, perpetshoal, textshoal, contextshoal, perceptshoal, punctshoal, instinctshoal, actshoally, habitshoally.
  • Should* → Shoald*: As mentioned above, a “shoal” can refer to a large group of fish, or an area of shallow water, or an underwater sand bank. We can use “shoal” be used to make puns like: shoald (should), shoalder (shoulder), shoaldering.
  • Bas* → Bass*: If a word begins with “bas” it can be replaced with “bass”, the name of a common European freshwater perch: bassically, basskets, basstard, bassic, basshful, bassin.
  • *cy → *sea: If a word ends in “cy” it’s an easy “sea” pun: polisea, agensea, democrasea, currensea, emergensea, efficiensea, tendensea, frequensea, fansea, constituensea, pregnansea, accurasea, redundansea, bureaucrasea, presidensea, legasea, conspirasea, mersea, privasea, bankruptsea, consistensea, literasea, urgensea, deficiensea, dependency, consultansea, tenacity, isea (icy), secrecy, intimasea.
  • Se* → Sea*: Some words that start with just “se” also have a “sea”-ish sound: seacret, searious, seargeant, seacretion, seacure, seacurity, seacondary, seacretariat, seaconds, seacrete, searum, searenity, searvitude.
  • Sea*: Most words starting with “sea” are easy sea puns: season, seasonal, seated, searingly, sealants, seam.
  • See* → Sea*: If a word starts with “see” it can often be replaced with “sea” to create a simple sea pun: seaminly, seads, seaker, seathe, seap, seak, sean, sea (see).
  • Sealant / Sealing / Seal: Easy seal puns can be made with words starting with “seal” (e.g. sealant, seal) or “ceil” (e.g. sealing).
  • Or* → Oar*: If a word starts with “or” it can be replaced with “oar” for a neat little boat pun. Some examples: oarganisation, oariginally, oarange, oarchestra, oargan, oarbit, oarnament, oarthodoxy, oariental, oarnaments, oarchid, oardering.
  • Simmer → Swimmer: As in “I left the pot swimmering and now my vegetable curry is burnt!” and “Hey swimmer down, there’s no need to turn this into a fight”.
  • Or → Oar: As in “Let’s go oar we’ll be late!” and “Should we swim oar keep sunbaking?”.
  • Crappy → Crappie: A “crappie” is a North American freshwater fish. “Crappy” is used to describe something or poor quality.
  • Purpose → Porpoise: As in “I didn’t do it on porpoise!” and “What is the porpoise of this?”
  • *sib* → *ship*: If a word contains “sib” it can usually be replaced with “ship” to create a terrible pun. For example: posshiply (possibly), accesshipility (accessibility), incomprehenshiple, feashipble, irresponshipble, invishipble, ostenshipbly, revershipble, vishipble. An example sentence might be: “I am responshiple for my puns.”
  • Someone → Salmon: As in “Will salmon please help me?” and “Salmon’s at the door”.
  • Opportunity → Op-perch-tuna-ty: As in “I’m glad I got an op-perch-tuna-ty to say this pun.”
  • Well: The word “well” can mean “in a good or satisfactory way” and also “a shaft dug into the ground to extract water, oil, etc.”, so it’s a simple pun. An example sentence: “Very well, I’ll stop making water puns now.”
  • Well/Welcome → Whale/Whalecome: As in “Whalecome to our home!” and “Whale, whale, whale, what do we have here?”.  Whale puns can be made with many more words like welfare (whalefare), welsh (whalesh) and wellness (whaleness). Check out the entry on whale puns for more.
  • Row/Roe: “Row” as in “row your boat” and “roe” as in fish or shellfish eggs, are two words that can be inserted into many other words: roetine/rowtine (routine), rowmans/roemans (romans), rowtation/roetation (rotation), rowd/roed (rowed), rowse (rose), rowl (roll), rowp, rowmantic, rowbust, rowbot, rowgue, roest. Check out the boat puns entry for more.
  • Kil* → Krill*: Kill, kilogram, killer, killing, kilowatt are all words that can be punned with “krill” (the microscopic shrimp-like ocean critters). For example: “I just bought a krillogram of tofu” and “Krilling sentient creatures is often morally wrong”
  • Combine → Combrine: As in “With our power combrined we should be able to defeat them.” and “It’s what you get when you combrine salt and water”. Similar puns can be made for most words ending in “bine”: turbrine (turbine), concubrine (concubine), columbrine (columbine).
  • *ice: Some words that end in “ice” an be very simple ice puns: price, nice, advice, device, twice, slice, rice, sacrifice, vice, suffice, mice, spice, entice, lice, splice.
  • Jus* → Juice*: As in “There can be no juicetification of this behaviour!” and “Juicet three dollars?! Is that all?” and “Juicetice has been served.” There are of course many more juice puns of this variety: juicetify, juicetifyable, injuicetice, unjuicetifyable, etc.
  • Adjust → Adjuicet: As in “There will be an adjuicetment period.” and “We need to adjuicet the course of this conversation”.
  • Court → Quart: As in “The supreme quart.” and “He’s been quarting her for months.”
  • Will → Well: As in “It’s just a lack of well power.” and “Well you marry me?” and “You well regret this.”
  • Esteem → Esteam: As in “She has great self-esteam.” and “I hold her in high esteam.”
  • Creak → Creek: As in “The stairs creeked as I walked up.”
  • Run → Rain: As in “She rains so fast!” and “He’s raining amok.”.
  • Tap: As in “Tap out! Her water puns are too good!” and “I heard a tap at the door.”
  • Lock → Loch: As in “If there’s any more water puns, I’ll loch the thread.” and “No shit, Sherloch.”
  • *lock → *loch: If a word ends in “lock”, it’s a lovely opportunity for a lake pun: bloch, cloch, floch, deadloch, padloch, hilloch, interloch, warloch, sunbloch, unbloch, hemloch.
  • Seem → Steam: As in “Things are not always as they steam.”
  • *hale → *hail: As in “Inhail deeply, then exhail slowly.”
  • Flake: As in “Yeah, I thought you might flake on me.” and “Cornflakes aren’t all that healthy.”
  • *late → *lake: Terrible lake puns can be made by replacing the “late” suffix with “lake”: calculake, stimulake, translake, contemplake, manipulake, circulake, accumulake, congratulake, congratulaketions, speculake, correlaketed (correlated), violaketed (violated), inarticulake.
  • I s* → Ice s*: Any phrase which has the word “I” and word after it which begins with “s” can be made into an ice pun. Here are a couple of examples: “Ice see dead people.” and “And ice stood there for a moment, completely stunned.” and “Ice simply have no idea.”
  • I see → Icey: As in “Icey what you did there.” and “Icey dead people.”
  • Boy l* → Boil l*: If a sentence has the word “boy” followed by a word starting with “l”, we can make a water pun. For example: “I thought a boil like you would have some manners.” and “The young boil left the room abruptly.”

Water-Related Phrases

Common phrases, idioms and cliches which are related to water can be used for some subtle and witty word play. Here is a list of the water themed phrases that we’ve found so far:

  • When it rains, it pours
  • I’ll be damned
  • Drowning in sorrow
  • To dampen one’s enthusiasm/spirits
  • Break the ice
  • Watered down
  • You shore can
  • Go with the flow
  • You’re in deep water
  • Dry humour
  • Don’t piss off the alligator until you’ve crossed the river
  • Keep at bay
  • Keep the pot boiling
  • That’s water under the bridge
  • Kick up a storm
  • She’s in hot water
  • Rain on your parade
  • Off the deep end
  • Open the floodgates
  • Channel surfing
  • Run out of steam
  • The calm before the storm
  • Sleep with the fishes
  • Blow off steam
  • In hot water
  • Until hell freezes over
  • Take a raincheck
  • Skating on thin ice
  • Rubber duck
  • Trim one’s sails
  • Slippery when wet
  • Water over the dam
  • Went storming off
  • In every life a little rain must fall
  • My head is swimming
  • Pour it on thick
  • Bored to tears
  • Between the devil and the deep blue sea
  • Muddy the water
  • You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make her drink
  • Throwing out the baby with the bath water
  • As white as snow
  • As helpful as a screen door on a submarine
  • Better than a slap in the face with a wet fish
  • Mexican wave
  • A fine kettle of fish
  • A big fish in a small pond
  • Plain sailing
  • Binge drinking
  • Blood, sweat and tears
  • Behind the clouds, the sun is shining
  • Body surfing
  • Rising tide
  • Let’s cross that bridge when we come to it
  • Chasing rainbows
  • Paddle your own canoe
  • Babble like a brook
  • Laugh like a drain
  • Crocodile tears
  • Lame duck
  • Sitting duck
  • Soft drink
  • Don’t rock the boat
  • If it looks like a duck and sounds like a duck…
  • If your ship doesn’t come in, you have to row out to meet it
  • Drink like a fish
  • He’s fishing for compliments
  • Hook, line and sinker
  • If today was a fish, i’d throw it back in the river
  • Lay there like a beached whale
  • Rats abandon a sinking ship
  • River of tears
  • As sharp as a sack of wet mice
  • As sharp as a wet corn flake
  • Stew in his own juice
  • She’s not the only fish in the sea
  • Still waters run deep
  • Tip of the iceberg
  • After the rain comes a rainbow
  • We might as well get our ears wet
  • Wet behind the ears
  • All’s well that ends well
  • Well’s run dry
  • Whatever floats your boat
  • Cold as ice
  • A wet bird never flies at night
  • A whale of a time
  • Cottage by the lake
  • Couldn’t punch your way out of a wet paper bag
  • Cross that bridge when we get to it
  • Cry me a river
  • Son’t give a damn
  • All in the same boat
  • Dry as a bone
  • Duck the question
  • Eat drink and be merry
  • Even at the turning of the tide
  • The tides have turned
  • Every cloud has a silver lining
  • A fish out of water
  • A drop in the ocean
  • Full steam ahead
  • Full head of steam
  • Get your ducks in a row
  • Getting soaked (as in cheated)
  • Going against the tide
  • Head in the clouds
  • That shore is (funny/sad/long/etc.)

Water-Related Words

There are many more puns to be made than could be documented in this Punpedia entry, and so we’ve compiled a list of water-related concepts for you to use when creating your own puns:

afloat, alligator, amazon river, amphibian, aqua, aquarium, aquatic, aqueduct, aqueous, aquifer, bath, bath water, bathe, bay, beach, beverage, bilge, billabong, bird bath, boat, boating, body of water, boggy, boiling, boiling point, bottled water, bottom of the sea, brackish, breakwater, bridge, brim, brine, brook, bubble, bucket, canal, canoe, carbonated water, channel, cistern, cloud, condensation, coral, crab, creek, crocodile, crystal clear, dam, damp, dampen, deep, deep blue sea, deep water, dehydration, deluge, desalination, dew, diarrhoea, dishwasher, dissolve, distillation, distilled water, dive, diving, dock, dolphin, douse, downstream, drainage, drench, drink, drinking, drinking water, drizzle, droplet, drought, drown, dry, dryer, duck, dunk, eddy, eel, effervescent, estuary, evaporation, falls, faucet, fin, fish, fishermen, fishing, float, flood, floodwater, fluid, flush, flush toilet, fountain, freeze, freezing, freezing point, fresh water, freshwater, frog, gills, glacier, ground water, groundwater, gutter, H2O, hail, half empty, half full, hard water, heavy water, holy water, hot water, humidity, hydrant, hydrate, hydration, hydraulic, hydroelectricity, hydrogen, hydrophilic, hydrophobic, hydrosphere, hygiene, ice, iceberg, inlet, irrigate, irrigation, jellyfish, jet ski, juice, kayak, kelp, lagoon, lake, lime water, liquefied, liquid, liquid water, litre, marine, marine mammal, marsh, melt, melt water, mineral water, mist, moist, moisture, navy, nile, ocean, ocean spray, oceanic, orca, otter, patter, pee, perspiration, phlegm, piddle, pier, pint, pirate, piss, plankton, pond, pond lily, pond water, pool, pour, precipitation, puddle, pump, quart, rain, rainbow, raincoat, rainy, reeds, rinse, river, riverbed, river basin, running water, sail, saline, salinity, saliva, salt lake, saltwater, scald, scuba, sea, seaborne, seal, seasick, seawater, seaweed, seven seas, sewage reservoir, shallow, shark, ship, shipwreck, shoal, shore, shower, simmer, sink, siphon, skim, slobber, snorkel, snow, snowflake, soak, soda, sodden, soft water, solvent, sonar, sopping, splash, splashing, spring, spring water, sprinkle, squid, squirt, steam, storm, stream, string ray, submerge, submerse, sunken, surfing, swamp, swash, sweat, swell, swimmer, swimming, tadpole, tap, tap water, tear, teardrop, tidal force, tide, tidepool, toilet, torrent, torrential rainfall, umbrella, underwater, upstream, urine, vapour, wade, wash, washing, wastewater, water bomb, water buffalo, water cycle, water filter, water fowl, water gun, water park, water pipe, water polo, water skiing, water slide, water soluble, water spout, water supply, water tank, water tight, water treatment, water works, waterboard, watercolour, watercourse, waterfall, watering hole, waterlogged, watermark, waterway, watery, wave, well, wet, wet season, whale, whirlpool, wring out, trout, turtle, sea turtle, tortoise, wetland, loch, fish pond, catfish, tuna, mud, blowfish, bydrobiology, marine biologist, catchment, crayfish, lobster, reef, moat, sea life, swan, seagull, sturgeon, open water, paddle, watermelon, conductive, spurt

Water Jokes

If you’re looking for some very corny water jokes, you’ve come to the right place. All of these one-liner-style water jokes use puns in their punchline (whether homophonic, homographic, or based on a slang phrase or cliche).

  • What do you call a duck that refuses to go in the water? – A chicken!
  • What keeps a dock floating above water? – Pier pressure!
  • Did you hear the watermelon joke? – It’s pitiful.
  • Is it dangerous to swim on a full stomach? – No, it’s just more fun in water.
  • Why is the letter T like an island? – Because its in the middle of water!
  • What do you call a guy with no arms or legs floating in the water? – Bob
  • Why is it bad to joke about boiling water? – Because it gets all steamy.
  • How do you make holy water? – You boil the hell out of it!
  • How does Moses make his tea?  – Hebews it.
  • Why do seals swim in salt water? – Because pepper water makes them sneeze!
  • What eight letters can you find in water from the Arctic Ocean? – H to O
  • What vegetable is forbidden on all ship? – Leeks!
  • What did the trout say when it swam into a concrete wall? – Dam!
  • What type of specialist can carry out operations underwater? – Sturgeon
  • Where do fish wash? – In a river basin!
  • Where do fish keep their money? – In river banks.
  • What do you call the small tributaries of the main river in Cairo? – Juveniles
  • Why didn’t the hipster swim in the river? – It was too mainstream.
  • What happened when the scientist tried to capture some fog? – She mist!
  • Why did the student study hydrology? – Because she had a great thirst for knowledge.
  • Who is the world’s greatest underwater spy? – Pond. James Pond.
  • All the toilets in New York’s police stations have been stolen. Police have nothing to go on.
  • Why is tea so therapeutic? – Because boiling the water raises your self of steam.

Water Pun Images

Below is a collection of water-related visual puns and meme-type images. If you’ve created your own visual water puns or found one that we’ve missed, please post us a link in the comments section 🙂

Water Pun Conversations & Battles

Here’s a small selection of conversations and threads where water was the general topic of word play. Some of the comments may lead toward ocean puns, but in general the pun battles/conversations stay close to the water theme. If you’ve found any threads or messenger/iPhone screenshots that are water-themed but aren’t included here, please post a comment at the bottom of the page!

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