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wife

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noun \ˈwīf\

Simple Definition of wife

  • : a married woman : the woman someone is married to

Full Definition of wife

plural wives play \ˈwīvz\

  1. 1 a dial :  woman b :  a woman acting in a specified capacity —used in combination <fishwife>

  2. 2 :  a female partner in a marriage

wife·hood play \ˈwīf-ˌhu̇d, ˈwī-ˌfu̇d\ noun
wife·less play \ˈwī-fləs\ adjective

Examples of wife

  1. We met him and his wife.

  2. <a husband and wife who treat each other as equals in their marriage>



Origin of wife

Middle English wif, from Old English wīf; akin to Old High German wīb wife and probably to Tocharian B kwīpe female pudenda


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with wife




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