ux·​o·​ri·​ous ˌək-ˈsȯr-ē-əs How to pronounce uxorious (audio) ˌəg-ˈzȯr- How to pronounce uxorious (audio)
: excessively fond of or submissive to a wife
uxoriously adverb
uxoriousness noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Turgenev was gentle, uxorious, self-effacing and preternaturally empathetic. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 23 Dec. 2022 With insight and aplomb, Roberts completes his mission, revealing the king to have been a conventional, conservative gentleman, uxorious husband and father of 15. Washington Post, 17 Dec. 2021 The uxorious Hoosier, whose political career seemed deader than Lazarus or Myspace two years ago, is now a heartbeat—or a Robert Mueller indictment— away from being leader of the free world. Nina Burleigh, Newsweek, 5 Oct. 2017

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Word History


Latin uxorius uxorious, uxorial, from uxor wife

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of uxorious was in 1598

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Cite this Entry

“Uxorious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uxorious. Accessed 30 May. 2023.

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