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housewife

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noun house·wife \ˈhau̇s-ˌwīf; especially 2 & in early poetry ˈhə-zəf or -səf\

Simple Definition of housewife

  • : a married woman who stays at home, does cleaning, cooking, etc., and does not have another job outside the home

Full Definition of housewife

plural house·wives play \ˈhau̇s-ˌwīvz also ˈhau̇z-ˌwīvz; ˈhə-zəfs, -zəvz, -səfs, -səvz\

  1. 1 :  a married woman in charge of a household

  2. 2 :  a pocket-size container for small articles (as thread)

house·wife·li·ness play \-lē-nəs\ noun
house·wife·ly play \-lē\ adjective
house·wif·ery play \-ˌwī-f(ə-)rē; British -(ˌ)wi-f(ə-)rē also ˈhə-zə-frē\ noun
house·wif·ey play \ˈhau̇s-ˌwī-fē\ adjective

13th Century

First Known Use of housewife

13th century


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