Definition of fishwife in English:



  • 1A coarse-mannered woman who is prone to shouting.

    ‘the screech of a fishwife’
    • ‘Then there was a revolution in my building, with all these fishwives banging on my door because I'd insulted them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We were made to sit side by side at the table and flog our biographies like fishwives.’
  • 2archaic A woman who sells fish.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Many of the fishwives travelled with the men to the fishing grounds to gut and cure so great a catch.’
    • ‘‘Monica will sell you a cooked fish!’ the fishwife boomed.’
    • ‘A group of fishwives pose with a selection of crabs.’