- to take a wife; marry.
- to take as wife; marry.
- 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
- to marry (a woman)
- (tr) to supply with a wife
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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