wifely

adjective wife·ly \ ˈwī-flē \
|Updated on: 27 Jun 2018

Definition of wifely

: of, relating to, or befitting a wife

wifeliness

play \ˈwī-flē-nəs\ noun

Recent Examples of wifely from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'wifely.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of wifely

before 12th century

in the meaning defined above

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler

WIFELY Defined for English Language Learners

wifely

Definition of wifely for English Language Learners

  • : of, relating to, or suitable for a wife


Learn More about wifely


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up wifely? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

excessive admiration or flattery

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Spelling Words Quiz

  • alphabet-pasta-spelling-help
  • Which is the correct spelling?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!