- Chiefly Scot. the mistress of a household.
- (initial capital letter) Archaic. a title of respect for a woman.
Origin of goodwife
Examples from the Web for goodwife
Historical Examples of goodwife
Aweel, and I trust he is not at his auld tricks again, goodwife?St. Ronan's Well
Sir Walter Scott
There was also present Goodwife Corey, who was subsequently arrested for a witch.The Witch of Salem
John R. Musick
Here he found the goodwife of the house 'sitting on a bink.'King Robert the Bruce
A. F. Murison
Goodwife Tinker was to look to me to-day; I felt very well this morning.Soldier Rigdale
Beulah Marie Dix
Goodwife Smyth (then a servant there) sayeth she beleeves she was borne 14 of Aprill.Brief Lives (Vol. 2 of 2)
- the mistress of a household
- a woman not of gentle birth: used as a title