Definition of oldwife in US English:

oldwife

noun

  • 1Any of a number of deep-bodied edible marine fishes.

    a brightly patterned tropical Atlantic triggerfish ("Balistes vetula", family "Balistidae")

    a small brightly patterned Australian fish ("Enoplosus armatus", the only member of the family "Enoplosidae")

    the black sea bream of European Atlantic waters ("Spondyliosoma cantharus", family "Sparidae")

    • ‘Heading up the boulder slope towards Slot Cave to look for a resident school of old wives, we came across a couple of Port Jackson shark egg cases, which reminded me of WWI hand grenades.’
    • ‘An adult Old Wife is easily recognised by its distinctive shape and colouration.’
    • ‘Large schools of old wives, bullseyes and big trevally, too wily for the fishermen, took refuge here.’
    • ‘Porcupine fish and old wives hover near encrusted piles, while talma poke among the soft corals.’
  • 2

    another term for oldsquaw

Pronunciation

oldwife

/ˈōldwīf/