keep house

[ noun, adjective hous; verb houz ]SEE DEFINITION OF keep house
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Maybe we can get that grass widow to come and keep house for us.

So they left you and Sim Phinney to keep house, did they, Hiram?

Must be willing to Work and Keep House shipshape and aboveboard.

I didn't know I was goin' to keep house for you till this very forenoon.

"And the captain will keep house with only Hobomok," said Priscilla dubiously.

Parson Carryl ought to have an experienced woman to keep house for him.

Can you consent to let the little girls 'keep house,' as they call it?

She could not sew, nor wash, nor cook, nor keep house or even accounts.

Let Liddy and me keep house for you, and I will manage the farm, under your direction.

O Ches—I'll come and keep house for you—part of the year, anyhow!


Old English hus "dwelling, shelter, house," from Proto-Germanic *husan (cf. Old Norse, Old Frisian hus, Dutch huis, German Haus), of unknown origin, perhaps connected to the root of hide (v.) [OED]. In Gothic only in gudhus "temple," literally "god-house;" the usual word for "house" in Gothic being razn.

Meaning "family, including ancestors and descendants, especially if noble" is from c.1000. The legislative sense (1540s) is transferred from the building in which the body meets. Meaning "audience in a theater" is from 1660s (transferred from the theater itself, cf. playhouse); as a dance club DJ music style, probably from the Warehouse, a Chicago nightclub where the style is said to have originated. Zodiac sense is first attested late 14c. To play house is from 1871; as suggestive of "have sex, shack up," 1968. House arrest first attested 1936. On the house "free" is from 1889.


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