fishwife

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

fish +‎ wife (now-obsolete meaning woman). (see also midwife)

Noun[edit]

fishwife (plural fishwives)

  1. (archaic) A woman who sells or works with fish; a female fishmonger.
  2. (derogatory) A vulgar, abusive or nagging woman with a loud, unpleasant voice.
  3. (Geordie, derogatory) A person, especially a woman, with poor personal hygiene.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (nagging woman): For semantic relationships of this term, see shrew in the Thesaurus.

Translations[edit]


Scots[edit]

Etymology[edit]

fish +‎ wife

Noun[edit]

fishwife (plural fishwifes)

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