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Definition of "fishwife" [fish•wife]

  • A woman who sells fish. (noun)
  • A woman regarded as coarse and shrewishly abusive. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "fishwife" in a sentence
  • "Well, if you`d cared to type "fishwife" into the "Search Blog" box above, you`d have come up with this post all about them."
  • ""If you don't validate me utterly you are a fishwife!" is not the response of a man who thinks with the head on his shoulders."
  • "We are living, apparently, at the mercy of people with the manners of a chimpanzee and the tongue of a Sicilian fishwife."