fishwife

noun
fish·​wife | \ˈfish-ˌwīf \

Definition of fishwife 

1 : a woman who sells fish

2 : a vulgar abusive woman

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An old fishwife sees a lobster try to escape and whacks it back in with her net. Casey Quackenbush / Hong Kong, Time, "'We're Not Educated.' The Untold Story of Lung King Heen, the World's First Michelin Three-Star Chinese Restaurant," 12 July 2018 The latest environmental measure that has people grumbling is a two-year ban on fishing for omul, a smoked delicacy hawked by fishwives all around the lake. Neil Macfarquhar, New York Times, "A Russian Lake’s Future Hangs on Tourists and Toilets," 13 Mar. 2017 A Canadian waitress who swears like a fishwife goes on holiday to Boracay. Simon Winchester, New York Times, "Hollywood: ‘Stanley Kubrick and Me,’ and More," 1 June 2016

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First Known Use of fishwife

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fishwife

Middle English

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fishwife

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fishwife

: a woman who sells fish

: a rude and rough woman

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