[ uhk-sawr-ee-uhs, -sohr-, uhg-zawr-, -zohr- ]

  1. doting upon, foolishly fond of, or affectionately submissive toward one's wife.

Origin of uxorious

1590–1600; <Latin ūxōrius, equivalent to ūxor wife + -ius-ious

Other words from uxorious

  • ux·o·ri·ous·ly, adverb
  • ux·o·ri·ous·ness, noun
  • un·ux·o·ri·ous, adjective
  • un·ux·o·ri·ous·ly, adverb
  • un·ux·o·ri·ous·ness, noun

Words Nearby uxorious

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use uxorious in a sentence

  • Even his relationship with his wife has hurt his sex appeal: uxorious men are never sexy for long.

    Obama's Vanishing Sex Appeal | Tunku Varadarajan | September 6, 2010 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Many are wedded to a theory or period, and are the most uxorious of husbands—ever ready to resent an affront to their lady.

    Obiter Dicta | Augustine Birrell
  • A man need not, I hope, be deemed uxorious for liking a quiet dinner alone with his wife before he starts on a long journey.

    Rupert of Hentzau | Anthony Hope
  • The brewer—uxorious Andrew Cogglesby—might and would have bought the commission.

    Evan Harrington, Complete | George Meredith
  • But the danger passed in his criticisms of the offender, whom he stigmatized as "the most uxorious and foolish of husbands."

    A Reconstructed Marriage | Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

British Dictionary definitions for uxorious


/ (ʌkˈsɔːrɪəs) /

  1. excessively attached to or dependent on one's wife

Origin of uxorious

C16: from Latin uxōrius concerning a wife, from uxor wife

Derived forms of uxorious

  • uxoriously, adverb
  • uxoriousness, noun

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012