fishwife


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fish·wife

 (fĭsh′wīf′)
n. pl. fish·wives (-wīvz′)
1. A woman who sells fish.
2. A woman regarded as coarse and shrewishly abusive.

fishwife

(ˈfɪʃˌwaɪf)
n, pl -wives
1. (Commerce) a woman who sells fish
2. a coarse scolding woman
ˈfishˌwifely adj

fish•wife

(ˈfɪʃˌwaɪf)

n., pl. -wives.
1. a woman who sells fish.
2. a coarse-mannered, raucous woman.
[1375–1425]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fishwife - someone who sells fishfishwife - someone who sells fish    
bargainer, dealer, monger, trader - someone who purchases and maintains an inventory of goods to be sold

fishwife

noun
A person, traditionally a woman, who persistently nags or criticizes:
Informal: battle-ax.
Translations

fishwife

[ˈfɪʃwaɪf] N (fishwives (pl)) [ˈfɪʃwaɪvz]pescadera f (pej) → verdulera f

fishwife

[ˈfɪʃwaɪf] n
to scream like a fishwife (loudly and angrily) (mainly British)crier comme une poissonnière

fishwife

[ˈfɪʃˌwaɪf] n (pej) → pescivendola
References in classic literature ?
A Wife, here, has no sex; she is neuter; so, according to the grammar, a fish is HE, his scales are SHE, but a fishwife is neither.
In another Moment, except Help come, the Fishwife will be no more.
Pictured above is also one of the most famous Tyneside fishwife - Dolly Peal, who lived from 1782 to 1857.
Unsatisfied with the fact that he was already able to imprison me, he continues to destroy me before various audiences like a market fishwife and leaves no dignity whatsoever to the office he holds,' De Lima said.
There have been several versions of wooden dollies over the years, from a ship's figurehead to a fishwife.
At first, Maria is perhaps a bit skeptical of her husband's farfetched scheme, but she would prefer to be thought of as the wife of a fish vendor, instead of as a venting fishwife, so she holds her tongue.
Needless to say, with gobby fishwife Anna finding out that Faye has been abandoned, Tim gets a ferocious ear-bashing when he eventually shows up.
There's the trucker cap-wearing Midwestern hillbilly, the chopsy trailer trash fishwife, the regulation black man from the 'hood who shouts, "It's all gravy, baby" apropos of nothing every five minutes and the tattooed Latino ex-gang member - no crude cultural stereotype is left unturned.
The Herring Girl is the tale of a fishwife remaining defiant in the face of a murder charge.
A fisherman catches a mermaid and discovers she is a real fishwife in "Trophy Wife," by Vicki Johnson-Steger.
Dennis plays Nora, a fishwife with WAG pretensions, as a terrifying elderly aunt whose puckered lips cause you to run for cover despite being really quite fond of her.
Her fishwife behaviour was very undignified" - Tory MP Nadine Dorries, speaking about Labour MP Caroline Flint with whom she had had a row.