verb (used with object)
- to be or become a husband to; marry.
- to find a husband for.
- to till; cultivate.
- husayn ʿalī mīrzā,
- husein ibn-ali,
Origin of husband
Examples from the Web for husbanding
The enemy liked time for foods and the Belgians crippled by the loss of that earlier train, were husbanding their ammunition.The Amazing Interlude|Mary Roberts Rinehart
I mentioned also, that I should shortly advertise for contracts, as the most effectual means of husbanding our resources.
This was no calmly prepared fight with cool brains directing attack, searching weak points, husbanding strength, deft in defence.Once Aboard The Lugger|Arthur Stuart-Menteth Hutchinson
Husbanding my ebbing strength, I no longer sought to fight, I strove only to reach the place where my family was in danger.The Brass Bell|Eugne Sue
The husbanding of mental power, through a bodily régime, is a no less important application.Practical Essays|Alexander Bain
- a manager of an estate
- a frugal person
- (tr)to find a husband for
- (of a woman) to marry (a man)
Word Origin for husband
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.