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.
Ah the poor Fishwife, it is stuck fast in the Mire; it has dropped its Basket of Fishes; and its Hands have been cut by the Scales as it seized some of the falling Creatures; and one Scale has even got into its Eye.
"Peace, old crone," said a tall, grave person, stopping up his nose on the side towards the fishwife; "a mass had to be founded.
Dolly Peel, who lived from 1782 to 1857, was a South Shields fishwife and smuggler who became legendary for protecting local sailors from the press gang who forced men to serve on Royal Navy ships.
Yesterday, we reported that the Mayor had found himself the subject of a complaint after referring to Liberal Democrat councillor Mirna Juarez as "a fishwife" during Wednesday night's full council meeting.
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.
He has also talked about tearing up the BBC licence fee "in public", called Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson a "fat lesbian" and ex-Scots Labour leader Johann Lamont "a fishwife".
Outspoken Lady Butler-Sloss - best-known for leading the inquest into Princess Diana's death - also branded SNP chief Nicola Sturgeon a "fishwife" and Alex Salmond "arrogant" in the talk.
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.
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.