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wifebeater

or wife-beat·er

[ wahyf-bee-ter ]
/ ˈwaɪfˌbi tər /
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noun
a man who beats his wife.
Slang: Offensive. a white, sleeveless, close-fitting man’s undershirt, often worn as an outer shirt.

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Origin of wifebeater

First recorded in 1650–60 for def. 1 and in 1990–95 for def. 2; wife + beater

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British Dictionary definitions for wifebeater

wife-beater

noun
a man who hits his wife

Derived forms of wife-beater

wife-beating, noun
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