- a married man, especially when considered in relation to his partner in marriage.
- British. a manager.
- Archaic. a prudent or frugal manager.
- to manage, especially with prudent economy.
- to use frugally; conserve: to husband one's resources.
- to be or become a husband to; marry.
- to find a husband for.
- to till; cultivate.
Origin of husband
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Examples from the Web for 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.A Negro Explorer at the North Pole
Matthew A. Henson
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.Mauprat
He knew it himself and he was husbanding his failing strength as best he could.Play the Game!
Ruth Comfort Mitchell
- a woman's partner in marriage
- a manager of an estate
- a frugal person
- to manage or use (resources, finances, etc) thriftily
- (tr)to find a husband for
- (of a woman) to marry (a man)
- (tr) obsolete to till (the soil)
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.
"manage thriftily," early 15c., from husband (n.) in an obsolete sense of "steward" (mid-15c.). Related: Husbanded; husbanding.