wife·​ly | \ ˈwī-flē How to pronounce wifely (audio) \

Definition of wifely

: of, relating to, or befitting a wife

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wifeliness \ ˈwī-​flē-​nəs How to pronounce wifeliness (audio) \ noun

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Recent Examples on the Web Behold all of his wifely love, and then behold him, loving her. Monica Hesse, Washington Post, "The ‘Wife Guys’ of the 2020 presidential race," 20 June 2019 An even more incendiary interview surfaced online in March, in which Patterson can be heard boasting about having counseled an abused woman, who showed up to church with two black eyes, to submit to domestic violence as her wifely duty. Virginia Heffernan, WIRED, "ChurchToo and Mike Pence’s Crisis of Faith," 21 June 2018 To play Midge, Brosnahan consulted a stack of vintage Good Housekeeping magazines, clipping articles about wifely deportment. Alexis Soloski, idahostatesman, "Did you hear the one about the housewife who walks into a comedy club?," 7 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of wifely

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Wifely.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wifely. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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old-fashioned : of, relating to, or suitable for a wife

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