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verb (used without object), wived, wiv·ing.
  1. to take a wife; marry.
verb (used with object), wived, wiv·ing.
  1. to take as wife; marry.
  2. to provide with a wife.

Origin of wive

before 900; Middle English wiven, Old English wīfian, derivative of wīf; see wife
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Examples from the Web for wiving

Historical Examples

  • He often told himself that "hanging and wiving go by destiny."

    Song of the Lark

    Willa Cather

  • I am like to lose all hope of wiving, if this be the maiden I am to woo.

  • Shakespeare, too, in the "Merchant of Venice," declares that "hanging and wiving go by destiny."

    Proverb Lore

    F. Edward Hulme

British Dictionary definitions for wiving


verb archaic
  1. to marry (a woman)
  2. (tr) to supply with a wife

Word Origin

Old English gewīfian, from wīf wife
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Word Origin and History for wiving



"to marry (a woman)," Old English wifian, from wif "woman" (see wife). Cf. Middle Dutch wiven.

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