• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Housewive To manage with skill and economy, as a housewife or other female manager; to economize. "Conferred those moneys on the nuns, which since they have well housewived ."
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  • Anne Morrow Lindbergh
    “By and large, mothers and housewives are the only workers who do not have regular time off. They are the great vacationless class.”
  • Erica Jong
    “Perhaps all artists were, in a sense, housewives: tenders of the earth household.”


In literature:

We are going to form a housewives' league at dawn to-morrow, and then we will find the culprits.
"The Motor Girls on Crystal Bay" by Margaret Penrose
They swear genially at the housewives, and are forgiven.
"A Poor Man's House" by Stephen Sydney Reynolds
The usefulness of liquid ammonia is not as universally known among housewives as it deserves to be.
"The Ladies Book of Useful Information" by Anonymous
The meadow began to fill, and the housewives, hustled one with their great umbrellas, their baskets, and their babies.
"Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert
I like brightness and cleanliness too, and good housewives wash their clothes on Monday.
"Dramatic Reader for Lower Grades" by Florence Holbrook
Anne and Lydia were deft little housewives.
"The Prisoner" by Alice Brown
Sanitation is poor, but the women coming from the South, in the opinion of a reputable physician of the city, are good housewives.
"Negro Migration during the War" by Emmett J. Scott
It was a saying that housewives set their kitchen clocks by Eddie's transits to and from the factory.
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes
The evening shades were falling and the housewives lighting their candles.
"Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times" by Charles Carleton Coffin
The Housewives' League she had organized had made amazing strides during her absence.
"Kildares of Storm" by Eleanor Mercein Kelly
Then the fascinating shopkeeper had flaunted his wares in the faces of the thrifty housewives.
"Hope Mills" by Amanda M. Douglas
The settlers claim that their housewives are more frugal than the American housewives in their neighborhood.
"A Stake in the Land" by Peter Alexander Speek
A Daily Reference Book for Young and Inexperienced Housewives.
"Garden and Forest Weekly, Volume 1 No. 1, February 29, 1888" by Various
Yet housewives who heard their tales and reported them to their lords met sometimes with rebuff.
"A Soldier's Trial" by Charles King
The girl saw that none of the neighboring housewives came to call on Aunt 'Mira.
"Janice Day" by Helen Beecher Long
To have long stories to tell like the good housewives.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
Housewives with small children and wives of salaried farm employees also take no part in the collective work.
"Area Handbook for Romania" by Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
And what a labor-saving machine that was to all the housewives!
"Legends of the Skyline Drive and the Great Valley of Virginia" by Carrie Hunter Willis
Housewives would sigh enviously as they saw Mr. Naylor pass genially on his way.
"John Dene of Toronto" by Herbert Jenkins
Religion simmers in the pot, or boils Completely over as the housewives nod.
"The Book of Gud" by Dan Spain

In poetry:

Once there were merry days in Troy,
Her chimneys smoked with cooking meals,
The passing chariots did annoy
The sunning housewives at their wheels.
"Fragments" by John Masefield
Two virtues ride, by stallion, by nag,
To grind our knives and scissors:
Lantern-jawed Reason, squat Common Sense,
One courting doctors of all sorts,
One, housewives and shopkeepers.
"The Death Of Myth-Making" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

The "Desperate Housewives" actress also says she had an abortion in high school, and kept it secret from her mother.
It's been a transforming year for Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kim Richards — first rehab, now a nose job .
Real Housewives of New York City: An object lesson in the utility of underpants.
Former "Real Housewives of New York" star Kelly Bensimon suffers a "wardrobe malfunction" while she enjoys a sunny vacation on the beach in Miami, Florida on May, 8 2012.
Real Housewives' Vicki Gunvalson Defends Boyfriend Brooks: He's Not an Opportunist .
On Thursday's The Real Housewives of New York City, Kelly Bensimon attempts to explain her infamous May 20 show meltdown -- but only leaves her pals even more confused.
Eva Longoria and Jesse Metcalfe on "Desperate Housewives".
If there's ever a need for a restaurant set to someday film The Real Housewives of the Main Line, there would probably be no better candidate than a swanky new destination in Wayne called Paramour .
'Desperate Housewives' Star Vanessa Williams Talks Finale and New Series '666 Park Ave. '.
Restaurateurs, please stop using The Real Housewives of Orange County as a marketing tool.
Levittown Housewives Possess Wealth Of Character.
Cinderella 's Prince Charming was revealed to be an "evil queen" during the reality series spoof The Real Housewives of Disney on last night's episode of Saturday Night Live.
'Real Housewives of New Jersey' premiere recap: What's past is prologue .
David Jacoby and Juliet Litman talk about 'The Challenge,' 'Survivor,' and bring Grantland editor Emily Yoshida to discuss Real Housewives.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, Adrienne Maloof and estranged husband, Dr Paul Nassif have an "excellent chance of reconciling ," a source close to the couple tells exclusively.