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.
As a young local reporter in Hull in 1980, I saw Lillian fleetingly in a pub following an interview with a bereaved fishwife.
BELLOWING like a fishwife I stormed into the living room where World War Three had broken out between the kids.
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.
IT was the day when Scary Spice discarded her glamorous image and became a dowdy fishwife.
And it brought the wonderfully raucous Gladys Morgan, whose high-C cackle made your average fishwife or even Vera Duckworth sound refined, to a huge audience.
According to the dictionary definition of a fishwife (which I've just looked up out of curiosity) apart from women dismembering fish it also means a feminine skill for swearing.
Not only did the first exhibition display Fresh Fish' there was also Fishing Boats Returning, A Cornish Fishwife and several coastal scenes.
From nit-picker to ploughman, fishwife to chimney sweep, the catalog of these worst forms of employment should return a pleasant coloring of reality to your office-bound sinecure.