noun Etymology: Middle English Date: 15th century 1. a woman who sells fish 2. a vulgar abusive woman

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  • Fishwife — Fish wife , n. 1. A fishwoman. [1913 Webster] 2. A woman who abusively scolds other people, often using coarse or vulgar language. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fishwife — 1520s, from FISH (Cf. fish) + WIFE (Cf. wife) in the “woman” sense …   Etymology dictionary

  • fishwife — ► NOUN ▪ a coarse mannered woman who is prone to shouting …   English terms dictionary

  • fishwife — [fish′wīf΄] n. pl. fishwives [fish′wīvz΄] 1. a woman who sells fish 2. a coarse, scolding woman …   English World dictionary

  • Fishwife — A fishwife or fish fag is a woman who sells fish. [cite book|title=Oxford English Dictionary|url=|accessdate=2008 04 27|quote=A woman who sells fish] Such women were notoriously loud and foul mouthed as in the proverb, To swear… …   Wikipedia

  • fishwife — UK [ˈfɪʃˌwaɪf] / US noun [countable] Word forms fishwife : singular fishwife plural fishwives old fashioned a woman who speaks rudely in a loud voice …   English dictionary

  • fishwife — [[t]fɪ̱ʃwaɪf[/t]] fishwives N COUNT (disapproval) If you say that someone is behaving like a fishwife, you mean that they are shouting a great deal and behaving in a very unpleasant and bad tempered way. [mainly BRIT] …   English dictionary

  • fishwife — 1) a woman who sells fish; 2) a foul mouthed coarse, abusive woman 3) the female wife or consort of a homosexual male (U.S. slang, mid 1900s onward) …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • fishwife — /fish wuyf /, n., pl. fishwives. 1. a woman who sells fish. 2. a coarse mannered, vulgar tongued woman. [1375 1425; late ME fisshwyf. See FISH, WIFE] * * * …   Universalium

  • fishwife — noun a) A woman who sells or works with fish. b) A vulgar, abusive or nagging woman with a loud, unpleasant voice …   Wiktionary

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