fishmonger

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English[edit]

A fishmonger (person who sells fish) at work

Etymology[edit]

fish +‎ monger

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈfɪʃˌmʌŋɡ.ə(ɹ)/

Noun[edit]

fishmonger (plural fishmongers)

  1. (UK) A person who sells fish. (A female fishmonger can also be called a fishwife.)
  2. (UK, rare) A fishmonger's, a fishmonger's shop: a shop that sells fish.
    • 1931, Grace Hegger Lewis, Half a Loaf,[1] H. Liveright (publisher), page 225:
      And Susan, sure of this inevitable answer, would ask Cook to pop into the fishmonger for a nice bit of salmon, []
    • 1990, Elizabeth Jane Howard, The Light Years, Simon and Schuster (1995), ISBN 9780671527938, page 294:
      A nice woman at the fishmonger in Earl’s Court Road—she had to walk miles to find a fish shop—told her how to cook the fillets of plaice she bought.
    • 2007, Leslie Ann Bosher, To the Manor Drawn, Murdoch Books, ISBN 9781921259890, page 157:
      Cornish peppered mackerel, smoked haddock, Scottish herring and pearl-white skate wings are all laid on a bed of crushed ice at the fishmonger.
  3. (archaic) A pimp.
    "Excellent well; you are a fishmonger." - William Shakespeare, said by Hamlet to Polonius. (Act 2, Scene 2)

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