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fishwife

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noun fish·wife \-ˌwīf\

Simple Definition of fishwife

  • : a woman who sells fish

  • : a rude and rough woman

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of fishwife

  1. 1 :  a woman who sells fish

  2. 2 :  a vulgar abusive woman

Origin and Etymology of fishwife

Middle English


First Known Use: 15th century


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