Definitions for wifewaɪf; waɪvz

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

wifewaɪf; waɪvz(n.)(pl.)wives

  1. a woman joined in marriage to a man and considered as his spouse.

    Category: Anthropology

  2. a woman (archaic or dial., except in idioms):

    old wives' tales.

Idioms for wife:

  1. take to wife, to marry (a particular woman):

    And he took to wife a woman of the next village.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of wife:

bef. 900; ME, OE wīf woman, c. OFris, OS wīf, OHG wīp, ON vīf


  1. a combining form of wife , now unproductive, occurring in words that designate traditional roles or occupations of women:

    fishwife; goodwife; housewife; midwife.

    Category: Affix

Princeton's WordNet

  1. wife, married woman(noun)

    a married woman; a man's partner in marriage

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. wife(noun)ɪf

    the woman a man is married to

    My wife and I will be there.


  1. wife(Noun)

    A married woman, especially in relation to her spouse.

  2. wife(Noun)

    The female of a pair of mated animals.

    A new wife for the gander is introduced into the pen.

  3. Origin: From wif, wiif, wyf, from wif, from wīban, possibly from gʰʷí₂bʰ- (compare Tocharian A/B kip/kwīpe).\ Cognate with wife, wiif, wüf, wijf, Wief, Weib, viv, viv, vív, víf.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wife(noun)

    a woman; an adult female; -- now used in literature only in certain compounds and phrases, as alewife, fishwife, goodwife, and the like

  2. Wife(noun)

    the lawful consort of a man; a woman who is united to a man in wedlock; a woman who has a husband; a married woman; -- correlative of husband


  1. Wife

    A wife is a female partner in a continuing marital relationship. A wife may also be referred to as a spouse. The term continues to be applied to a woman who has separated from her husband and ceases to be applied to such a woman only when her marriage has come to an end following a legally recognised divorce or the death of her spouse. On the death of her husband, a wife is referred to as a widow, but not after she is divorced from her husband. The rights and obligations of the wife in relation to her husband, and others, and her status in the community and in law, varies between cultures and has varied over time. In a heterosexual relationship, a woman's spouse is her husband.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. wife

    1. In good society, a publicity agent who advertises her husband's financial status through conspicuous waste and conspicuous leisure. 2. In the submerged tenth, a punching-bag and something handy for batting up flies. 3. A man's mental mate, and therefore his competitor in the race for power. 4. The other half of the sphere. (This view is usually regarded as a vagary, and any one holding it is apt to be pointed out as strange, peculiar, erratic and unsafe.)

Editors Contribution

  1. wife

    the woman that a man marries that takes care of him when he is sick. Stands by him when he needs her. Cooks healthy meals for him. Gives him beautiful children and cares for them. She's a doctor nurse maid lover cook teacher and is very warm and thoughtful. And last of all, she's seldom wrong.

    She's the perfect wife for me.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wife' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #554

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wife' in Written Corpus Frequency: #775

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wife' in Nouns Frequency: #198

Translations for wife

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the woman to whom one is married

Come and meet my wife; He is looking for a wife.

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