Meaning of “fishwife” in the English Dictionary

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"fishwife" in British English

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fishwifenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfɪʃ.waɪf/ us /ˈfɪʃ.waɪf/ plural fishwives UK old-fashioned

Examples from literature

  • At this style of language the fishwives are said to be extremely proficient. 
  • If it isn't some one she's brought by her yells, snarled the fishwife. 
  • They quarrel like fishwives and scold about the number of "sides" each other has, and refuse to play up prettily, and I'm heartsick over it all, Sally. 

(Definition of “fishwife” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)