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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. 2017.
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  • My dear one, there is an egotism of wifely sorrow that drives a man to sin.

    Was It Right to Forgive? Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • He considered Bee for a moment in a wifely, packing attitude, then Dora.

  • With manly courtesy, proud Gates allowed Her wifely claim, and gave her all she asked.

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

    Country Neighbors Alice Brown
  • She made up for this wifely self-abnegation by frequenting the hen houses.

  • He had felt proud and happy then, happy that she was his, proud of her grace and wifely carriage.

    Dubliners James Joyce
  • But now, for the first time, she asked herself if he were not presuming upon her wifely submission.

  • A wifely call of "Adalbert" from above quieted the count's anxiety.

    Vittoria, Complete George Meredith

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