[fish-muhng-ger, -mong-]

noun Chiefly British.

a dealer in fish, especially for eating.

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. 2019

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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



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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