Housewife



[hous-wahyf or, usually, huhz-if for 2] /ˈhaʊsˌwaɪf or, usually, ˈhʌz ɪf for 2/

noun, plural housewives
[hous-wahyvz] /ˈhaʊsˌwaɪvz/ (Show IPA)
1.
Sometimes Offensive. a married woman who manages her own household, especially as her principal occupation.
2.
British. a sewing box; a small case or box for needles, thread, etc.
verb (used with or without object), housewifed, housewifing.
3.
Archaic. to manage with efficiency and economy, as a household.
/ˈhaʊsˌwaɪf/
noun (pl) -wives
1.
a woman, typically a married woman, who keeps house, usually without having paid employment
2.
(mainly Brit) Also called hussy, huswife (ˈhʌzɪf). a small sewing kit issued to soldiers
n.

early 13c., husewif, “woman, usually married, in charge of a family or household” (cf. husebonde; see husband), from huse “house” (see house (n.)) + wif “woman” (see wife). Also see hussy. Related: Housewifely.

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