house·​hus·​band ˈhau̇s-ˌhəz-bənd How to pronounce househusband (audio)
: a man who does housekeeping usually while his spouse or partner earns the family income

Examples of househusband in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As househusbands from New Jersey come out to greet fans, the fans rush past the barriers. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 3 Nov. 2023 The song began in the 1970s, after John stepped back from rock stardom to be a househusband in the Dakota with Yoko Ono, raising their son Sean. Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone, 2 Nov. 2023 Along with his aging, acerbic father (Salmaan Peerzada), Saleem sneers at Haider for being an unemployed househusband to his breadwinner wife, Mumtaz (Rasti Farooq), who happily works in a salon and has no desire for children. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 21 Apr. 2023 What Happens Live clip to prove that 0 percent of the Bravo-watching population thinks that PK is the hottest househusband, and a little later, linger on him wearing a windbreaker next to Mauricio dressed as a retired boyband member (a compliment) just to cement any future WWHL polls. Jodi Walker,, 20 May 2021 Tatsu, the anime househusband, conveys his love for his wife, Miku, by supporting her career, preparing her a restorative feast when she’s exhausted from working overtime. Adrienne Matei, The Atlantic, 29 Nov. 2022 Scott also gladly played the role of househusband when she was swamped with work. Tim Carman, Washington Post, 19 Sep. 2022 No, in a historic upset, this one goes to a househusband who hasn't even appeared on camera all season, including in this week's episode: RHOBH's Tom Girardi. Mary Sollosi,, 22 Oct. 2021 Meanwhile, Ray wasn’t the only househusband making waves. Dave Quinn,, 29 Sep. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1858, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of househusband was in 1858

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“Househusband.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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house·​hus·​band ˈhau̇s-ˌhəz-bənd How to pronounce househusband (audio)
: a husband who does housework while his wife earns the family income

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