Definition of Housewife

1. Noun. A wife who manages a household while her husband earns the family income.

Exact synonyms: Homemaker, Lady Of The House, Woman Of The House
Generic synonyms: Married Woman, Wife
Derivative terms: Housewifely



Definition of Housewife

1. n. The wife of a householder; the mistress of a family; the female head of a household.

2. v. t. To manage with skill and economy, as a housewife or other female manager; to economize.

Definition of Housewife

1. Noun. The wife of a householder; the mistress of a family; the female head of a household. ¹

2. Noun. A little case or bag for materials used in sewing, and for other articles of female work; – called also (term hussy). ¹

3. Verb. (alternative form of housewive) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Housewife

1. [n -WIVES]

Medical Definition of Housewife

1. 1. The wife of a householder; the mistress of a family; the female head of a household. "He a good husband, a good housewife she." (Dryden) 2. [See Hussy, in this sense] A little case or bag for materials used in sewing, and for other articles of female work; called also hussy. Alternative forms: huswife. 3. A hussy. [Usually written huswife] Sailor's housewife, a ditty-bag. Origin: House + wife. Cf. Hussy. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Housewife

housetrained
housetraining
housetrains
housetruck
housetrucker
housetruckers
housetrucks
housewall
housewalls
houseward
houseware
housewares
housewarming
housewarmings
housewide
housewife (current term)
housewifed
housewifelike
housewifeliness
housewifely
housewiferies
housewifery
housewifey
housewifing
housewifish
housewifization
housewive
housewived
housewives
housewiving

Literary usage of Housewife

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The World's Food by Clyde Lyndon King (1917)
"THE RELATION OF THE housewife TO THE FOOD PROBLEM BY NEVADA DAVIS ... The consuming public is represented so for as foods are concerned by the housewife. ..."

2. The Universal Anthology: A Collection of the Best Literature, Ancient by Richard Garnett, Leon Vallée, Alois Brandl (1899)
"The modest housewife, The mother of children,— And governs wisely The dear home circle ; — She teaches the girls, Restrains the boys, And finds no rest For ..."

3. Nooks and Corners of English Life, Past and Present by John Timbs (1867)
"By aid of a contemporary* we are enabled to present a curious portrait of the housewife from this authentic source. It should first be mentioned that the ..."

4. Notes and Queries by Martim de Albuquerque (1873)
"The day itself is the 28th of December, or Holy Innocents' day—the anniversary of the massacre of the first-born by Herod. On that day the Irish housewife ..."

5. The Young House-keeper: Or, Thoughts on Food and Cookery by William Andrus Alcott (1839)
"Every housewife should keep her own accounts. Deficiency in female instruction. Method of keeping an account. Advantages. IT Way excite a little surprise ..."

6. An Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard by Thomas Gray (1883)
"For them no more the blazing hearth shall burn, Or busy housewife ply her evening care; No children run to lisp their sire's return, Or climb his knees the ..."

7. The New Poetry: An Anthology by Harriet Monroe, Alice Corbin Henderson (1917)
"THE housewife She must go back, she said, Because she'd not had time to make the bed. We'd hurried her away So roughly . . . and for all that we could say, ..."

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