fishwife

[ fish-wahyf ]
/ ˈfɪʃˌwaɪf /

noun, plural fish·wives.

a woman who sells fish.
a coarse-mannered, vulgar-tongued woman.

Nearby words

  1. fishskin,
  2. fishskin disease,
  3. fishtail,
  4. fishtank,
  5. fishway,
  6. fishworm,
  7. fishy,
  8. fisk,
  9. fisk, james,
  10. fiske

Origin of fishwife

First recorded in 1375–1425, fishwife is from the late Middle English word fisshwyf. See fish, wife

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British Dictionary definitions for fishwife

fishwife

/ (ˈfɪʃˌwaɪf) /

noun plural -wives

a woman who sells fish
a coarse scolding woman
Derived Formsfishwifely, adjective

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Word Origin and History for fishwife

fishwife

n.

1520s, from fish (n.) + wife in the "woman" sense.

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