wife

noun
\ ˈwīf How to pronounce wife (audio) \
plural wives\ ˈwīvz How to pronounce wives (audio) \

Definition of wife

1a dialect : woman
b : a woman acting in a specified capacity used in combination fishwife
2 : a female partner in a marriage

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Other Words from wife

wifehood \ ˈwīf-​ˌhu̇d How to pronounce wifehood (audio) , ˈwī-​ˌfu̇d \ noun
wifeless \ ˈwī-​fləs How to pronounce wifeless (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for wife

Synonyms

helpmate, helpmeet, lady, little woman, madam, missus (or missis), Mrs., old lady, wifey, woman [chiefly dialect]

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Examples of wife in a Sentence

We met him and his wife. a husband and wife who treat each other as equals in their marriage

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Steve Irwin's wife, Terri, has worked hard with her two children to celebrate the Crocodile Hunter's legacy—and he was recently honored with a Google Doodle for his 57th birthday. Katina Beniaris, Woman's Day, "Steve Irwin's Wife Reveals the Heartbreaking Reason Why She Hasn't Dated Since He Died," 22 Feb. 2019 The idea first started when Whitehouse and his wife were researching robot vacuums. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "‘Doomba’ turns your Roomba’s cleaning maps into Doom levels," 26 Dec. 2018 In 2000, the husband and wife embarked on their Soul2Soul Tour, then went back on the road in 2006 for Soul2Soul II. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "A Look Back at Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's Legendary Marriage," 2 Feb. 2019 Sizemore, 52, was unarmed and put up no resistance when he was arrested a few miles (kilometers) from where a husband and wife and their adult son were found dead in two neighboring homes Monday evening, Sims said. Bruce Schreiner, The Seattle Times, "Police: Man accused of shooting at state trooper is arrested," 12 Dec. 2018 Prince William's wife regularly wears iconic pieces from Diana's extensive jewelry collection, as well as being inspired by her legendary style, which is always a sweet tribute to her late mother-in-law. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Wore the Smartest Tweed Suit to the Mental Health in Education Conference," 13 Feb. 2019 Alice was Annie’s mother and Clement’s wife; Frances was Clement’s grandmother. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘The Flood’ and ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Reviews: Premieres in Pursuit of Reinvention," 11 Feb. 2019 My mother and aunt and Ron's wife stayed down there. Margaret Lazarus Dean, Popular Mechanics, "The Oral History of the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster," 28 Jan. 2019 The legendary keyboard player’s ex-wife and longtime professional partner, Toni Tennille, was by his side at the time of his death. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Captain and Tennille's Toni Tennille Reflects on 'Captain' Daryl Dragon After His Death," 3 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of wife

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for wife

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

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The first known use of wife was before the 12th century

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wife

noun

English Language Learners Definition of wife

: a married woman : the woman someone is married to

wife

noun
\ ˈwīf How to pronounce wife (audio) \
plural wives\ ˈwīvz \

Kids Definition of wife

: a married woman

Other Words from wife

wifely adjective

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