housewife

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

house +‎ wife

PronunciationEdit

Person
Bag

NounEdit

housewife (plural housewives)

  1. The wife of a householder; the mistress of a family; the female head of a household.
  2. A little case or bag for materials used in sewing, and for other articles of female work; – called also hussy.
    • 1852: Tom Taylor and Charles Reade, Masks and Faces Act II
      Woffington's housewife, made by herself, homely to the eye, but holds everything in the world

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VerbEdit

housewife (third-person singular simple present housewifes, present participle housewifing, simple past and past participle housewifed)

  1. Alternative form of housewive.
Last modified on 1 April 2014, at 18:48