- to take a wife; marry.
- to take as wife; marry.
- to provide with a wife.
Origin of wive
before 900; Middle English wiven, Old English wīfian, derivative of wīf; see wife
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Examples from the Web for wived
These must be wived, concubined, and fed by the natives, and in return there is nothing given to them.
Then clearly, if Viking warriors cannot be mothered by such, Viking warriors should not be wived by them.The Last of the Vikings
Lawst of all she wived 'er awms about, and mide a kind o' whooshin' noise.
And when I was wived, having something to stick to, I had the horn of suretyship ever before my eyes.The Works of John Marston
- to marry (a woman)
- (tr) to supply with a wife
Old English gewīfian, from wīf wife
Word Origin and History for wived
"to marry (a woman)," Old English wifian, from wif "woman" (see wife). Cf. Middle Dutch wiven.
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