- profane, abusive language; coarse words
you wouldn't have beleived the billingsgate which poured forth from that boy's mouth
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
BILLINGSGATE, n. The invective of an opponent.
- 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue
Bil"lings*gate` (&?;), n. 1.
A market near the Billings gate in London, celebrated for fish and
2. Coarsely abusive, foul, or profane language;
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Billingsgate, a fish-market in London, below London Bridge; also a
name given to low, coarse language indulged in there.
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