house·​hus·​band | \ ˈhau̇s-ˌhəz-bənd How to pronounce househusband (audio) \

Definition of househusband

: a man who does housekeeping usually while his spouse or partner earns the family income

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Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, Ray wasn’t the only househusband making waves. Dave Quinn,, "Michael Darby Denies Sexual Misconduct Claims — Including Allegation He Grabbed Andy Cohen's Butt," 29 Sep. 2019 Hayes MacArthur takes the Keaton role of the hapless househusband and Andrea Anders plays the mom suddenly facing modern workplace culture. oregonlive, "Home viewing this week: ‘Late Night,’ ‘Unbelievable,’ ‘Undone,’ ‘Ex Machina,’ ‘Aladdin’ (2019)," 13 Sep. 2019 The couple believed that Daniel's transformation into a househusband made more economic sense than hiring a nanny. Meryl Gordon, Town & Country, "The Curious Life and Shocking Death of Huguette Clark," 21 May 2014 Things are scarcely better at home, where her cheery househusband (José Garcia) greets her with elaborately prepared meals and insultingly sexist advice. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, "Review: Zapped by Lightning, a French Teacher Becomes ‘Mrs. Hyde’," 26 Apr. 2018 This storied writer-director-actor and Casanova turned househusband showed up unannounced and had attendees gather around him in the lounge, like courtiers. Cara Buckley, New York Times, "Warren Beatty Wants Six Hours of Your Time. Or More.," 26 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of househusband

1858, in the meaning defined above

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“Househusband.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of househusband

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

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