[ wahyf-lee ]

adjective,wife·li·er, wife·li·est.
  1. of, like, or befitting a wife.

Origin of wifely

before 900; Middle English wifly,Old English wīflīc.See wife, -ly

Other words from wifely

  • wife·li·ness, noun
  • un·wife·ly, adjective

Words Nearby wifely

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How to use wifely in a sentence

  • 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