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[huhz-buh nd] /ˈhʌz bənd/
a married man, especially when considered in relation to his partner in marriage.
British. a manager.
Archaic. a prudent or frugal manager.
verb (used with object)
to manage, especially with prudent economy.
to use frugally; conserve:
to husband one's resources.
  1. to be or become a husband to; marry.
  2. to find a husband for.
  3. to till; cultivate.
Origin of husband
before 1000; Middle English husband(e), Old English hūsbonda master of the house < Old Norse hūsbōndi, equivalent to hūs house + bōndi (bō-, variant of bū- dwell (see boor) + -nd present participle suffix + -i inflectional ending)
Related forms
husbander, noun
husbandless, adjective
unhusbanded, adjective
5. preserve, save, store, hoard. Unabridged
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  • On an exact calculation, he has only provisions for one month; by husbanding them carefully, he may hold out some time longer.

    History of Julius Caesar Vol. 2 of 2 Napoleon III, Emperor of the French, 1808-1873.
  • In me the poor girl was husbanding her one hope, and was fearful of losing it.

    Mauprat George Sand
  • Whatever the reason, toward noon the Boer fire slackened; possibly the necessity of husbanding ammunition was felt.

    Story of the War in South Africa Captain A. T. Mahan, U.S.N.
  • He knew it himself and he was husbanding his failing strength as best he could.

    Play the Game! Ruth Comfort Mitchell
  • There is no husbanding of resources, and perhaps too little reserve of power.

    Robert Browning Edward Dowden
  • We are husbanding our fuel, and two meals a day is our programme.

  • Nettleship pointed out to us the importance of husbanding our stores.

    Paddy Finn W. H. G. Kingston
  • The art of rearing it and ways of husbanding and using it remain unchanged.

    Outlines of Zui Creation Myths Frank Hamilton Cushing
  • The husbanding of mental power, through a bodily régime, is a no less important application.

    Practical Essays Alexander Bain
  • Hitherto Mr. Martindale had spoken slowly and calmly, husbanding his strength.

    Samba Herbert Strang
British Dictionary definitions for husbanding


a woman's partner in marriage
  1. a manager of an estate
  2. a frugal person
to manage or use (resources, finances, etc) thriftily
  1. (transitive) to find a husband for
  2. (of a woman) to marry (a man)
(transitive) (obsolete) to till (the soil)
Derived Forms
husbander, noun
husbandless, adjective
Word Origin
Old English hūsbonda, from Old Norse hūsbōndi, from hūs house + bōndi one who has a household, from bōa to dwell
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Word Origin and History for husbanding



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.



"manage thriftily," early 15c., from husband (n.) in an obsolete sense of "steward" (mid-15c.). Related: Husbanded; husbanding.

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Slang definitions & phrases for husbanding



  1. A pimp: She has a pimp she calls her ''husband'' (1960s+ Prostitutes)
  2. The dominant, masculine member of a homosexual couple, male or female (1960s+ Homosexuals)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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