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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The victim’s wife was in a nearby car and saw the attack. oregonlive.com, "Portland man sentenced for random hatchet attack," 14 Aug. 2019 Your wife is lovely, is her connection to music comparable to yours? Metanoya Z. Webb, Essence, "EXCLUSIVE: You'll Never Guess Idris Elba's Top Three Vacations of All Time," 14 Aug. 2019 His wife is from Toledo, Ohio and they got married in Toledo, Spain. Erin Baldassari, The Mercury News, "Why America’s auto club is helping usher drivers out of existence," 14 Aug. 2019 His wife Katya was a dermatologist and matched him in height. Sam Patten, WIRED, "Kostya and Me: How Sam Patten Got Ensnared in Mueller’s Probe," 14 Aug. 2019 Rumsby’s wife is the great niece of one of those airmen. baltimoresun.com, "Trial delayed for man charged with stealing World War II dog tags from National Archives in Maryland," 14 Aug. 2019 And yet your wife is denying her cousins the opportunity to also know her. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Ask Amy: DNA results reveal secret half-sibling," 13 Aug. 2019 William also currently owns a 1198S Ducati, but his wife Kate isn't such a fan. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "How Queen Elizabeth and the Royal Family Really Travel," 10 Aug. 2019 He was covered in blood, according to the complaint, and immediately asked officers where his wife was. Sarah Horner, Twin Cities, "Man stabbed by resident after allegedly breaking into St. Paul home is charged with burglary, assault," 9 Aug. 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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