adjective, wife·li·er, wife·li·est.

of, like, or befitting a wife.

Also wifelike.

Origin of wifely

before 900; Middle English wifly, Old English wīflīc. See wife, -ly
Related formswife·li·ness, nounun·wife·ly, adjective
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Contemporary Examples of wifely

  • He seems to have, at least if nothing else, a woman who flirts with him with a wifely confidence.

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    Doctor Who’s Global Takeover

    Jace Lacob

    August 23, 2011

  • They seem less afraid of her hard power than they were of her soft, behind-the-scenes, wifely power.

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    Michelle Obama's Power Trip

    Tunku Varadarajan

    October 7, 2010

Historical Examples of wifely