housewife


house·wife

noun \ˈhas-ˌwīf; especially 2 & in early poetry ˈhə-zəf or -səf\

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

plural house·wives \ˈhas-ˌwīvz also ˈhaz-ˌwīvz; ˈhə-zəfs, -zəvz, -səfs, -səvz\

Full Definition of HOUSEWIFE

1
:  a married woman in charge of a household
2
:  a pocket-size container for small articles (as thread)
house·wife·li·ness \-lē-nəs\ noun
house·wife·ly \-lē\ adjective
house·wif·ery \-ˌwī-f(ə-)rē; British -(ˌ)wi-f(ə-)rē also ˈhə-zə-frē\ noun
house·wif·ey \ˈhas-ˌwī-fē\ adjective

First Known Use of HOUSEWIFE

13th century

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: housewifish
Previous Word in the Dictionary: housewarming
All Words Near: housewife

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up housewife? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).