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Fishmonger vs. Fishwife

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Fishmongernoun

(British) A person who sells fish. (A female fishmonger can also be called a fishwife.)

Fishwifenoun

(archaic) A woman who sells or works with fish; a female fishmonger.

Fishmongernoun

A fishmonger's, a fishmonger's shop: a shop that sells fish.

Fishwifenoun

(pejorative) A vulgar, abusive or nagging woman with a loud, unpleasant voice.

Fishmongernoun

(archaic) A pimp.

‘"Excellent well; you are a fishmonger." - William Shakespeare, said by Hamlet to Polonius. (Act 2, Scene 2)’;

Fishwifenoun

A person, especially a woman, with poor personal hygiene.

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Fishmongernoun

A dealer in fish.

Fishwifenoun

A fishwoman.

Fishmongernoun

someone who sells fish

Fishwifenoun

A woman who abusively scolds other people, often using coarse or vulgar language.

Fishmonger

A fishmonger (historically fishwife for female practitioners) is someone who sells raw fish and seafood. Fishmongers can be wholesalers or retailers, and are trained at selecting and purchasing, handling, gutting, boning, filleting, displaying, merchandising and selling their product.

Fishwifenoun

someone who sells fish

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Fishwife

A fishwife, fish-fag or fishlass is a woman who sells fish.Often the wives and daughters of fishermen, fishwives were notoriously loud and foul-mouthed, as noted in the expression, To swear like a fishwife. One reason for their outspokenness is that their wares were highly perishable and so lost value if not sold quickly.

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