Definition of fishwife in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfɪʃwʌɪf/

noun (plural fishwives)

1A coarse-mannered woman who is prone to shouting: the screech of a fishwife
More example sentences
  • We speak all the time the two of us, gossiping like a couple of old fishwives.
  • We went to Venice a few days later and it was full of dirty pigeons and busloads of ghastly American tourists shrieking at each other like fishwives.
  • The final five minutes seem to shape the entire programme, when the two families get together and basically sling the mud like old fishwives.
2 archaic A woman who sells fish.
Example sentences
  • ‘Monica will sell you a cooked fish!’ the fishwife boomed.
  • On the quayside fishwives gut fish by hand and the catch is kippered by traditional methods.
  • Sometimes their existence is recorded by artists of their day, like the Newhaven fishwives photographed by Hill and Adams in 1848.

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