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[wahyf-lee] /ˈwaɪf li/
adjective, wifelier, wifeliest.
of, like, or befitting a wife.
Also, wifelike.
Origin of wifely
before 900; Middle English wifly, Old English wīflīc. See wife, -ly
Related forms
wifeliness, noun
unwifely, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • But with these details Mrs. Cullum's wifely attentions ended.

  • And I observed that Davidson must have been vexed by this display of wifely anxiety.

    Within the Tides Joseph Conrad
  • It was Mrs. Moore's turn to grunt, which she did, in the manner of a wifely sniff.

    The Forbidden Trail Honor Willsie
  • He considered Bee for a moment in a wifely, packing attitude, then Dora.

  • It seemed almost a wifely touch, and she was angry with herself.

    Country Neighbors

    Alice Brown
  • It was a sort of tacit acknowledgment of her wifely rights to his trust.

    Agatha's Husband Dinah Maria Craik (AKA: Dinah Maria Mulock)
  • "No," she lied with an effort of fulfilment for her first wifely duty.

    The Tyranny of Weakness Charles Neville Buck
  • You cannot divide yourself from him without failing in your wifely duty.'

    Lover or Friend

    Rosa Nouchette Carey

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