noun, plural wives [wahyvz] /waɪvz/.
verb (used with or without object), wifed, wif·ing.
- wiesel, elie,
- wiesenthal, simon,
- wife swapping,
Origin of wife
Examples from the Web for wife
His wife passed away and they had kids, and he wanted to focus on being a dad so he just stopped to raise his kids.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness|Marlow Stern|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The band was still on its way back as De Blasio and his wife departed.
So when my wife and I moved to Laurel Canyon I spent my first year working night and day on the show.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Through my wife [McCauley is married to singer/songwriter Vanessa Carlton].Deer Tick's John McCauley on Ten Years in Rock and Roll|James Joiner|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
My wife answered and thought it was a friend impersonating the governor.
You have fifteen rum-shops to meet before you get back to your wife and child.A Singular Life|Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
He was accompanied by his wife and two of her young lady friends.Home Life of Great Authors|Hattie Tyng Griswold
If I was to write to my mother,' says he, 'that my wife had left me, I believe it would be the death of her.The Land of Long Ago|Eliza Calvert Hall
The sultan now visits his wife, and tells her of the death of Nuzhat.Filipino Popular Tales|Dean S. Fansler
But in talking about his own son's wife, no word as to her eligibility or non-eligibility in this respect escaped his lips.The Last Chronicle of Barset|Anthony Trollope
noun plural wives (waɪvz)
Word Origin for wife
Old English wif "woman," from Proto-Germanic *wiban (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian wif, Old Norse vif, Danish and Swedish viv, Middle Dutch, Dutch wijf, Old High German wib, German Weib), of uncertain origin. Dutch wijf now means, in slang, "girl, babe," having softened somewhat from earlier sense of "bitch."
Some proposed PIE roots include *weip- "to twist, turn, wrap," perhaps with sense of "veiled person" (see vibrate); or *ghwibh-, a proposed root meaning "shame," also "pudenda," but the only examples of it are wife and Tocharian (a lost IE language of central Asia) kwipe, kip "female pudenda."
The modern sense of "female spouse" began as a specialized sense in Old English; the general sense of "woman" is preserved in midwife, old wives' tale, etc. Middle English sense of "mistress of a household" survives in housewife; and later restricted sense of "tradeswoman of humble rank" in fishwife. Wife-swapping is attested from 1954.
see under wives.