[ uhk-sawr-ee-uh s, -sohr-, uhg-zawr-, -zohr- ]
/ ʌkˈsɔr i əs, -ˈsoʊr-, ʌgˈzɔr-, -ˌzoʊr- /


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
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/ (ʌkˈsɔːrɪəs) /


excessively attached to or dependent on one's wife
Derived Formsuxoriously, adverbuxoriousness, noun

Word Origin for uxorious

C16: from Latin uxōrius concerning a wife, from uxor wife
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Word Origin and History for uxorious



"excessively fond of or submissive to one's wife," 1590s, from Latin uxorius "of or pertaining to a wife," from uxor (genitive uxoris) "wife," of unknown origin. Uxorial, "relating to a wife or wives," is recorded from 1800 and sometimes is used in the sense of uxorius.

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