[fish-muhng-ger, -mong-]

Origin of fishmonger

First recorded in 1300–50, fishmonger is from the Middle English word fysshmongere. See fish, monger Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of fishmonger

Historical Examples of fishmonger

  • The fishmonger had lately started on himself and was doing well.

    Auld Licht Idylls

    J. M. Barrie

  • The butcher was informed of it when he came, the fishmonger, and the grocer's boy.

    Nine Little Goslings

    Susan Coolidge

  • There's not an officer's mess in the army that receives the son of the fishmonger!

    The Golden Dog

    William Kirby

  • Still harping on my daughter:—yet he knew me not at first; he said I was a fishmonger.


    William Shakespeare

  • By the time I had shaken off Mrs. Thompson I was almost at the fishmonger's.

British Dictionary definitions for fishmonger


  1. mainly British a retailer of fish
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Word Origin and History for fishmonger

mid-15c., from fish (n.) + monger (n.).

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