[ wahyf ]
/ waɪf /
noun, plural wives [wahyvz]. /waɪvz/.
a married woman, especially when considered in relation to her partner in marriage.
a woman (archaic or dial., except in idioms): old wives' tale.
verb (used with or without object), wifed, wif·ing.
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Idioms for wife
take to wife, to marry (a particular woman): He took an heiress to wife.
Origin of wife
before 900; Middle English, Old English wīf woman; cognate with Dutch wijf,German Weib,Old Norse vīf
OTHER WORDS FROM wifewifedom, nounwifeless, adjectivewife·less·ness, noun
Definition for wife (2 of 2)
a combining form of wife, now unproductive, occurring in compound words that in general designate traditional roles or occupations of women: fishwife; goodwife; housewife; midwife.
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British Dictionary definitions for wife
/ (waɪf) /
noun plural wives (waɪvz)
a man's partner in marriage; a married womanRelated adjective: uxorial
an archaic or dialect word for woman
take to wife to marry (a woman)
Derived forms of wife
wifehood, nounwifeless, adjectivewifelike, adjectivewifeliness, noun
Word Origin for wife
Old English wīf; related to Old Norse vīf (perhaps from vīfathr veiled), Old High German wīb (German Weib)
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Idioms and Phrases with wife
see under wives.
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