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fishwife

[ fish-wahyf ]
/ ˈfɪʃˌwaɪf /
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noun, plural fish·wives.
a woman who sells fish.
a coarse-mannered, vulgar-tongued woman.
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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 forms of fishwife

fishwifely, adjective
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