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noun, plural wives [wahyvz] /waɪvz/.
verb (used with or without object), wifed, wif·ing.
Origin of wife
verb (used without object), wived, wiv·ing.
verb (used with object), wived, wiv·ing.
Origin of wive
Examples from the Web for wives
How many husbands, wives, sons, and daughters have we lost to a broken system?Dear Leelah, We Will Fight On For You: A Letter to a Dead Trans Teen|Parker Molloy|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
It was doubtless a warm reunion with his family, who are featured in The Cuban Wives.
The wives have been traveling for years across the globe to bring attention to the case.
These are men who now have wives and children, and their silence so many years later shows how morally bankrupt they remain.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything|Liz Seccuro|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So, everyone else is there with girlfriends and wives… And I brought my mom.The Chicago Bulls’ Joakim Noah Sounds Off on Weed, the Weather, and Winning|Bill Schulz|October 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We thought of mothers, wives, sweethearts—of opportunities lost, and of good advice disregarded.The Citizen-Soldier|John Beatty
The writer says that this was when Solomon was old, his wives having then turned away his heart after other gods.Solomon and Solomonic Literature|Moncure Daniel Conway
They are the daughters, often the wives p. 581or widows, of persons of the best social position.Lights and Shadows of New York Life|James D. McCabe
Are not these revelations just a little hard on our friends' wives?
For four years they were as faithful, affectionate, and devoted to the young men as any wives in all France.Paris: With Pen and Pencil|David W. Bartlett
Word Origin for wive
noun plural wives (waɪvz)
Word Origin for wife
"to marry (a woman)," Old English wifian, from wif "woman" (see wife). Cf. Middle Dutch wiven.
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.
see old wives' tale.
see under wives.