American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Foul, abusive language.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Profane or scurrilous language or abuse; blackguardism.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A market near the Billings gate in London, celebrated for fish and foul language.
- n. Coarsely abusive, foul, or profane language; vituperation; ribaldry.
- n. foul-mouthed or obscene abuse
- From the London, England fishmarket Billingsgate (Wiktionary)
- After Billingsgate, a former fish market in London, England. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“One must have read much in Luther, one should have read all of Luther, and his "billingsgate" will assume a different meaning.”
“They talk forever and forever, and that is the kind of billingsgate they use.”
“We could argue that the commodification of violence and abuse is a problem plaguing society as a whole, and is not limited to comics alone — heaven knows all you need to do is to turn on talk radio or go to Capitol Hill yesterday to hear billingsgate that used to be beyond the pale.”
“I won't take sides in all this learned billingsgate- I'm just here to relate a rather amusing SCOTUS anecdote.”
“Such low language from a Ph.D. is typical of the foul-mouthed, tasteless vulgarity that has corrupted television, radio, newspapers and other media with offensiveness and obscene billingsgate we used to hear from the mouths of naughty boys.”
“She was entirely free of what - based on the type location - we could term Marcottery: unremitting 'feminist' billingsgate.”
“They exhausted the vocabulary of billingsgate in denouncing those guilty of this most henious of all sins, and charged them in plain terms, with being _afraid_ to investigate or to discuss the subject.”
“It appeared that "Jim Crow" had outraged his sense of African character so greatly that he could not restrain his passion; but vented it in the choicest _billingsgate_ with which his vocabulary had been furnished in the forecastle of the "Gil Blas.”
“There were on that day as many as four fights, with enough miscellaneous howling, cursing and billingsgate to fill out the natural make-up of a hundred more.”
“Here was a conflict of testimony in which every witness recollected the facts according to his politics; but pending the proceedings I was fortunate enough to find the notes of the "Globe" reporter, which perfectly vindicated me from Mr. Mallory's charges, and suddenly put his bluster and billingsgate to flight.”
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