a married man, especially when considered in relation to his partner in marriage.
British. a manager.
Archaic. a prudent or frugal manager.

verb (used with object)

to manage, especially with prudent economy.
to use frugally; conserve: to husband one's resources.
  1. to be or become a husband to; marry.
  2. to find a husband for.
  3. to till; cultivate.

Origin of husband

before 1000; Middle English husband(e), Old English hūsbonda master of the house < Old Norse hūsbōndi, equivalent to hūs house + bōndi (bō-, variant of bū- dwell (see boor) + -nd present participle suffix + -i inflectional ending)
Related formshus·band·er, nounhus·band·less, adjectiveun·hus·band·ed, adjective

Synonyms for husband Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for husbanded

Contemporary Examples of husbanded

  • Nor is the incredible explosion of science and technology Israel has husbanded.

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    'Why I'm a Zionist'

    Justin Green

    January 14, 2013

Historical Examples of husbanded

  • Already, perhaps, they were on their way, and he husbanded his strength against their coming.

    St. Martin's Summer

    Rafael Sabatini

  • All possessions, apart from their home productions, must be husbanded to the utmost.

    The Bondwoman

    Marah Ellis Ryan

  • I should have done so before and have husbanded the precious years when they were at their best.

  • Carefully we husbanded the precious fluid; we had learned to know its value.

  • Oh, how carefully we husbanded the few precious nuts which remained!

British Dictionary definitions for husbanded



a woman's partner in marriage
  1. a manager of an estate
  2. a frugal person


to manage or use (resources, finances, etc) thriftily
  1. (tr)to find a husband for
  2. (of a woman) to marry (a man)
(tr) obsolete to till (the soil)
Derived Formshusbander, nounhusbandless, adjective

Word Origin for husband

Old English hūsbonda, from Old Norse hūsbōndi, from hūs house + bōndi one who has a household, from bōa to dwell
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Word Origin and History for husbanded



Old English husbonda "male head of a household," probably from Old Norse husbondi "master of the house," from hus "house" (see house (n.)) + bondi "householder, dweller, freeholder, peasant," from buandi, present participle of bua "to dwell" (see bower). Beginning late 13c., replaced Old English wer as "married man," companion of wif, a sad loss for English poetry. Slang shortening hubby first attested 1680s.



"manage thriftily," early 15c., from husband (n.) in an obsolete sense of "steward" (mid-15c.). Related: Husbanded; husbanding.

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