What does wife mean?

Definitions for wifewaɪf; waɪvz

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word wife.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. wife, married woman(noun)

    a married woman; a man's partner in marriage


  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

  3. Origin: [OE. wif, AS. wif; akin to OFries. & OS. wif, D. wijf, G. weib, OHG. wb, Icel. vf, Dan. viv; and perhaps to Skr. vip excited, agitated, inspired, vip to tremble, L. vibrare to vibrate, E. vibrate. Cf. Tacitus, [ Germania 8]: Inesse quin etiam sanctum aliquid et providum putant, nec aut consilia earum aspernantur aut responsa neglegunt. Cf. Hussy a jade, Woman.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Wife

    wīf, n. a woman: a married woman: the mistress of a house, a hostess—often in this sense 'goodwife.'—n. Wife′hood, the state of being a wife.—adjs. Wife′less, without a wife; Wife′-like, Wife′ly. [A.S. wíf; Ice. víf, Ger. weib; not conn. with weave.]

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.

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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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wife in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wife in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Phyllis Leder:

    If I were his wife.

  2. Henny Youngman:

    Take my wife, please.

  3. Todd Courser:

    My wife said' yes run !'.

  4. H. L. Mencken:

    Wife: a former sweetheart.

  5. Jason Archinaco:

    My wife wanted a fourth one.

Images & Illustrations of wife

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