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Hatfish is a pejorative slang term used to describe men who conceal their bald or malformed heads underneath hats like beanies and baseball caps. The name is a portmanteau of the words "hat" and "catfish".


On May 23rd, 2014, Urban Dictionary[1] user Manda Clark submitted an entry for "hatfish," defining it as "a guy who looks completely different (sexy) while wearing a hat or cap" (shown below).

Hatfish A guy who looks completely different (sexy) while wearing a hat or cap. When they take it off its a totally different story! He was cute, until he took his hat off, he's a hatfish! #hat #fish #catfish #bald #balding #cap


On December 11th, 2016, Instagram user @adamw uploaded a comedy sketch about a man who refuses to take off his hat, which included the hashtag "#hatfished" (shown below). Within 14 months, the video gained over 913,000 views.

On May 31st, 2017, Twitter user @CodyDominic_[2] posted photographs of a balding man wearing a baseball cap and exposing his head, which gained more than 750 retweets and 500 likes in nine months (shown below, left). On June 1st, Twitter user @Tswana_Guy3 tweeted a photograph of a man wearing a hat next to a photograph revealing his bald head along with the message "So apparently this is called a Hatfish 💀💀" (shown below, right). Within eight months, the tweet gained over 280 likes and 260 retweets.

Holla Berry @CodyDominic Friendly reminder to my ladies to check under his hat before you bag because this happened to my friend Karabo Motsoane @Tswana Guy3 So apparently this is called a Hatfish " ..

On August 8th, an Urban Dictionary[4] definition for "hatfishing" was submitted by user TheDarkKnightLight. On August 23rd, The Cut[6] published an article titled "If You’ve Never Seen the Top of Your Tinder Date’s Head, Perhaps You’re Being Hatfished." On August 25th, the women's interest site Mel[5] published an article titled "In Defense of 'Hatfishing'," which cited the Ashley VanPEvenage's makeup transformation photo when arguing in favor of covering baldness with a hat.

On February 2nd, 2018, Twitter user @DariusUncensord[3] tweeted a photograph of himself wearing a hat followed by a photo exposing his bald head along with the hashtag "#BlackMenSmiling": (shown below). In response, several people replied that he was an example of a "hatfish."

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in reply to Hot Sauce

a desperate attempt to cling on to whatever vestiges of youth you have left, while facing a grim reality that your prime is far behind you and by this, horribly lonely point in life, there is little hope.

kind of the same reasons a lot of older women get collagen injections.


Gonna be real. I'm balding – and I hide it under my favorite cap. But I still have enough hair that from the front and sides you wouldn't even be able to tell. But once that goes I've decided to either go the whole Vladimir Illyich look, or just go full shave it and grow a huge ass beard.


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