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fishwife

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Wife in the now-obsolete meaning woman (see also midwife).

NounEdit

fishwife (plural fishwives)

  1. A woman who sells or works with fish. (This is another name for a female fishmonger.)
  2. (pejorative) A vulgar, abusive or nagging woman with a loud, unpleasant voice.
  3. (Geordie, pejorative) Term of abuse, usually directed at women, implying lack of personal hygiene.

TranslationsEdit


ScotsEdit

EtymologyEdit

fish +‎ wife

NounEdit

fishwife (plural fishwifes)

  1. fishwife
  2. (derogatory) woman of coarse behaviour, temperament and vocabulary