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  1. a married man, especially when considered in relation to his partner in marriage.
  2. British. a manager.
  3. Archaic. a prudent or frugal manager.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to manage, especially with prudent economy.
  2. to use frugally; conserve: to husband one's resources.
  3. Archaic.
    1. to be or become a husband to; marry.
    2. to find a husband for.
    3. to till; cultivate.
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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

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Related Words for husbanding

preserve, enjoy, absorb, own, recognize, keep, maintain, have, contain, hold, possess, plow, reap, tend, graze, sow, cultivate, operate, harvest, grow

Examples from the Web for husbanding

Historical Examples of husbanding

  • Dave and Greg didn't talk now; they were husbanding their store of "wind."

    The Grammar School Boys of Gridley

    H. Irving Hancock

  • We are husbanding our fuel, and two meals a day is our programme.

  • Nettleship pointed out to us the importance of husbanding our stores.

    Paddy Finn

    W. H. G. Kingston

  • In me the poor girl was husbanding her one hope, and was fearful of losing it.


    George Sand

  • He knew it himself and he was husbanding his failing strength as best he could.

    Play the Game!

    Ruth Comfort Mitchell

British Dictionary definitions for husbanding


  1. a woman's partner in marriage
  2. archaic
    1. a manager of an estate
    2. a frugal person
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  1. to manage or use (resources, finances, etc) thriftily
  2. archaic
    1. (tr)to find a husband for
    2. (of a woman) to marry (a man)
  3. (tr) obsolete to till (the soil)
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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 husbanding



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.

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

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