- a married man, especially when considered in relation to his partner in marriage.
- British. a manager.
- Archaic. a prudent or frugal manager.
- to manage, especially with prudent economy.
- to use frugally; conserve: to husband one's resources.
- to be or become a husband to; marry.
- to find a husband for.
- to till; cultivate.
Origin of husband
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Examples from the Web for husbanded
Nor is the incredible explosion of science and technology Israel has husbanded.'Why I'm a Zionist'
January 14, 2013
Already, perhaps, they were on their way, and he husbanded his strength against their coming.St. Martin's Summer
All possessions, apart from their home productions, must be husbanded to the utmost.The Bondwoman
Marah Ellis Ryan
I should have done so before and have husbanded the precious years when they were at their best.Erasmus and the Age of Reformation
Carefully we husbanded the precious fluid; we had learned to know its value.
Oh, how carefully we husbanded the few precious nuts which remained!
- a woman's partner in marriage
- a manager of an estate
- a frugal person
- to manage or use (resources, finances, etc) thriftily
- (tr)to find a husband for
- (of a woman) to marry (a man)
- (tr) obsolete to till (the soil)
Word Origin and History for husbanded
Old English husbonda "male head of a household," probably from Old Norse husbondi "master of the house," from hus "house" (see house (n.)) + bondi "householder, dweller, freeholder, peasant," from buandi, present participle of bua "to dwell" (see bower). Beginning late 13c., replaced Old English wer as "married man," companion of wif, a sad loss for English poetry. Slang shortening hubby first attested 1680s.
"manage thriftily," early 15c., from husband (n.) in an obsolete sense of "steward" (mid-15c.). Related: Husbanded; husbanding.