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[ wahyf ]SEE DEFINITION OF wife

Synonyms for wife

  • bride
  • companion
  • partner
  • roommate
  • spouse
  • consort
  • helpmate
  • mate
  • monogamist
  • other half
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Antonyms for wife

  • enemy
  • foe
  • husband
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR WIFE

Again he recurred to his early years, and talked fondly of his wife and children.

Too bad, though—you certainly need a wife to take the conceit out of you.

The girls I know are taught painstakingly how to get a husband, but nothing of how to be a wife.

"I must make you acquainted with my wife and children," he said.

He did not remember who he was, or that he had a wife and child.

He was married, but constantly said he was about to leave his wife, so she would divorce him.

"Discharge the boy from your employment," said his wife, promptly.

Nalle is an octoroon; his wife has the same infusion of Caucasian blood.

The captain had assured him that neither his wife nor son knew aught of his savings.

On which of his two sets of principles he would manage a wife remained to be proved.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR WIFE

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noungreat hindrance
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bride

nounfemale marriage partner
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