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Meaning of HOUSEWIFE

Pronunciation:  'haws`wIf

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a wife who who manages a household while her husband earns the family income

HOUSEWIFE is a 9 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: homemaker, lady of the house, woman of the house
 See Also: married woman, wife



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \House"wife`\, n. [House + wife. Cf. {Hussy}.]
    1. The wife of a householder; the mistress of a family; the
       female head of a household. --Shak.
             He a good husband, a good housewife she. --Dryden.
    2. (Usually pronounced ?.) [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}.
       [Written also {huswife}.] --P. Skelton.
    3. A hussy. [R.] [Usually written {huswife}.] --Shak.
    {Sailor's housewife}, a ditty-bag.
  2. \House"wife`\, Housewive \House"wive`\, v. t.
    To manage with skill and economy, as a housewife or other
    female manager; to economize.
          Conferred those moneys on the nuns, which since they
          have well housewived.                    --Fuller.