fishwife (noun) plural noun: fishwives A coarse mannered woman who is prone to shouting. Two fishwives received standing ovations in the Commons yesterday after speaking about their own experiences of anti-Semitic threats. Luciana Berger (Labour) alleged that she had put up with abuse for 18 years after receiving her first piece of hate mail aged 19. She told her party that it had a “duty to the next generation” to confront the issue as “denial was not an option”. Ruth Smeeth (Labour) said British Jews had a right to participate in public life as equals and would not be “bullied”.