of, like, or befitting a wife.
- Also wifelike.
- wife·li·ness, noun
- un·wife·ly, adjective
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How to use wifely in a sentence
He seems to have, at least if nothing else, a woman who flirts with him with a wifely confidence.
They seem less afraid of her hard power than they were of her soft, behind-the-scenes, wifely power.
Moreover, wifely adoration was particularly bad for clergymen, who were far too much inclined already to give themselves airs.Marriage la mode | Mrs. Humphry Ward
Mrs. Joe ran for his overcoat and best hat, gave him a wifely kiss, and watched him depart from the low brown door-way.St. Nicholas, Vol. 5, No. 5, March, 1878 | Various
Then, with true wifely instinct she sought to cheer him up with pleasing prattle of a new bonnet he had promised her.The Fiend's Delight | Dod Grile
Mme. Fauvel's resistance grew weaker and more faint, as her niece pointed out the line for her to pursue: the path of wifely duty.File No. 113 | Emile Gaboriau
Yet the lady of the Van Pool, whatever her practice, had in theory some relics of old-fashioned wifely duty.The Science of Fairy Tales | Edwin Sidney Hartland