[ wahyf-hood ]

  1. the state of being a wife.

  2. wifely character or quality; wifeliness.

Origin of wifehood

1350–1400; Middle English wifhood,Old English wīfhād.See wife, -hood

Words Nearby wifehood

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How to use wifehood in a sentence

  • Those who voted for Hillary wonder how long she'll be content with an office wifehood of the Saudi variety.

  • Their ideal of wifehood and motherhood is fundamentally wrong.

  • But herein, as on so many other points, she subdued her natural impulse, and conformed to her husband's idea of wifehood.

    In the Year of Jubilee | George Gissing
  • Her wifehood, for a month or two ago she would have done likewise, had developed her in a way that marriage had not developed him.

    The Angel of Pain | E. F. Benson
  • He hesitated; then, insolently: "Your choice between—honest wifehood and honest divorce."

    The Firing Line | Robert W. Chambers
  • The world has advanced, Mr. Mario, and is filled with sad-eyed mothers and with widows who have scarcely known wifehood.