wife

[ wahyf ]
/ waɪf /

noun, plural wives [wahyvz] /waɪvz/.

a married woman, especially when considered in relation to her partner in marriage.
a woman (archaic or dial., except in idioms): old wives' tale.

verb (used with or without object), wifed, wif·ing.

Rare. wive.

Nearby words

  1. wieschaus,
  2. wiesel,
  3. wiesel, elie,
  4. wiesenthal,
  5. wiesenthal, simon,
  6. wife swapping,
  7. wife-beater,
  8. wifehood,
  9. wifelike,
  10. wifely

Idioms

    take to wife, to marry (a particular woman): He took an heiress to wife.

Origin of wife

before 900; Middle English, Old English wīf woman; cognate with Dutch wijf, German Weib, Old Norse vīf

Related formswife·dom, nounwife·less, adjectivewife·less·ness, noun

-wife

a combining form of wife, now unproductive, occurring in compound words that in general designate traditional roles or occupations of women: fishwife; goodwife; housewife; midwife.
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British Dictionary definitions for wife

wife

/ (waɪf) /

noun plural wives (waɪvz)

a man's partner in marriage; a married womanRelated adjective: uxorial
an archaic or dialect word for woman
take to wife to marry (a woman)
Derived Forms

Word Origin for wife

Old English wīf; related to Old Norse vīf (perhaps from vīfathr veiled), Old High German wīb (German Weib)

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Word Origin and History for wife

wife

n.
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Idioms and Phrases with wife

wife

see under wives.

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