noun, plural wives [wahyvz] /waɪvz/.
verb (used with or without object), wifed, wif·ing.
Origin of wife
Examples from the Web for wifes
Neither his wifes illness nor his own had taught him wisdom; he was as restless and unreasonable as ever.Wee Wifie|Rosa Nouchette Carey
The husband may eclipse Christ in the wifes soul, and be counted as her all in all.The Expositor's Bible: Ephesians|G. G. Findlay
Canon Law gave to the husband the power of compelling the wifes return if, for any cause, she left him.
But, before joining his family, he tried to dissemble his suffering to some extent in order not to increase his wifes grief.Paul and His Dog, v.2 (Novels of Paul de Kock Volume XIV)|Charles Paul de Kock
Sales of this character are constantly made, at a small discount, upon chance of the wifes nonsurvival.
British Dictionary definitions for wifes
noun plural wives (waɪvz)
Word Origin for wife
Word Origin and History for wifes
Old English wif "woman," from Proto-Germanic *wiban (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian wif, Old Norse vif, Danish and Swedish viv, Middle Dutch, Dutch wijf, Old High German wib, German Weib), of uncertain origin. Dutch wijf now means, in slang, "girl, babe," having softened somewhat from earlier sense of "bitch."
Some proposed PIE roots include *weip- "to twist, turn, wrap," perhaps with sense of "veiled person" (see vibrate); or *ghwibh-, a proposed root meaning "shame," also "pudenda," but the only examples of it are wife and Tocharian (a lost IE language of central Asia) kwipe, kip "female pudenda."
The modern sense of "female spouse" began as a specialized sense in Old English; the general sense of "woman" is preserved in midwife, old wives' tale, etc. Middle English sense of "mistress of a household" survives in housewife; and later restricted sense of "tradeswoman of humble rank" in fishwife. Wife-swapping is attested from 1954.
Idioms and Phrases with wifes
see under wives.