- to take a wife; marry.
- to take as wife; marry.
- to provide with a wife.
Origin of wive
Examples from the Web for wive
Historical Examples of wive
And they say his wive's brother give him ten silver dollars for his help.Sweet Cicely
Josiah Allen's Wife: Marietta Holley
Tell Strang that she will wive him to-night, as she has promised!The Courage of Captain Plum
James Oliver Curwood
"Wive to 'usband," he declaimed, "sizter to brother--" But his audience was lost.Kincaid's Battery
George W. Cable
Some say it wuz because Deacon Henshaw wuz present for the first time after his wive's death.Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 4.
Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)
At six a-clock my ink freezes so that I can hardly write by a good fire in my Wive's Chamber.Woman's Life in Colonial Days
- to marry (a woman)
- (tr) to supply with a wife
Word Origin for wive
Word Origin and History for wive
"to marry (a woman)," Old English wifian, from wif "woman" (see wife). Cf. Middle Dutch wiven.