of, like, or befitting a housewife.

Origin of housewifely

1300–50; Middle English. See housewife, -ly
Related formshouse·wife·li·ness, nounun·house·wife·ly, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for housewifely

Historical Examples of housewifely

  • Next, in her housewifely zeal, Cis started in to improve the kitchen.

  • She is thoughtful and serious; the housewifely instinct is awaking in her bosom.

  • Mallory was touched by this new revelation of her future housewifely thrift.

    Excuse Me!

    Rupert Hughes

  • She locked the door, and then drew out her housewifely bunch of keys.

  • I reassured her housewifely scruples, and came to the point at once.


    Marie Corelli

British Dictionary definitions for housewifely



prudent and neat; domestichousewifely virtues
Derived Formshousewifeliness, noun
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