- a woman who sells fish.
- a coarse-mannered, vulgar-tongued woman.
Origin of fishwife
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Examples from the Web for fishwife
A longshoreman wouldn't have called a fishwife what I called you, you blessed child.In a Little Town
“But sure, they are our fellow-creatures, brother Shane,” exclaimed the fishwife.
Patrick was summoned, and with his father and the fishwife, the boat was launched.
The boy was placed at the helm, and the fishwife and her brother took the oars.
In another Moment, except Help come, the Fishwife will be no more.A Tramp Abroad, Complete
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
- a woman who sells fish
- a coarse scolding woman
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Word Origin and History for fishwife
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