[ bil-ingz-geyt or, esp. British, -git ]
/ ˈbɪl ɪŋzˌgeɪt or, esp. British, -gɪt /


coarsely or vulgarly abusive language.

Nearby words

  1. billing machine,
  2. billings,
  3. billings method,
  4. billings, josh,
  5. billings, william,
  6. billion,
  7. billionaire,
  8. billionth,
  9. billiton,
  10. billman

Origin of billingsgate

First recorded in 1645–55; orig. the kind of speech often heard at Billingsgate, a London fish market at the gate of the same name Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for billingsgate

British Dictionary definitions for billingsgate


/ (ˈbɪlɪŋzˌɡeɪt) /


obscene or abusive language

Word Origin for billingsgate

C17: after Billingsgate, which was notorious for such language


/ (ˈbɪlɪŋɡzˌɡeɪt) /


the largest fish market in London, on the N bank of the River Thames; moved to new site at Canary Wharf in 1982 and the former building converted into offices
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Word Origin and History for billingsgate


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