housewife

Definitions

  • Homespun clothes were seldom discarded. The many pins, needles, and thimbles found reveal that mending was a never-ending chore for the busy housewife
    Homespun clothes were seldom discarded. The many pins, needles, and thimbles found reveal that mending was a never-ending chore for the busy housewife
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n housewife a wife who manages a household while her husband earns the family income
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Coffee Recipe from: 'Kitchen Directory and American Housewife' (1844)
    • Housewife A hussy.
    • Housewife A little case or bag for materials used in sewing, and for other articles of female work; -- called also hussy.
    • Housewife The wife of a householder; the mistress of a family; the female head of a household. "He a good husband, a good housewife she."
    • v. t Housewife 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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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first cookbook published in the United States was Compleat Housewife, or Accomplished Gentlewoman's Companion, printed in Williamsburg, VA in 1742.
    • n housewife The mistress of a family; the wife of a householder; a female manager of domestic affairs.
    • housewife To manage like a housewife, or with skill and thrift; economize.
    • n housewife A case for pins, needles, thread, scissors, etc.: same as hussy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The average housewife walks 10 miles a day around the house doing her chores.
    • Housewife (hows′wīf, huz′wif, or huz′if) the mistress of a house: a female domestic manager: a small case for articles of female work
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Quotations

  • English Proverb
    English Proverb
    “There is but an hour a day between a good housewife and a bad one.”
  • Roseanne Barr
    Roseanne Barr
    “As a housewife, I feel that if the kids are still alive when my husband gets home from work, then hey, I've done my job.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
House, + wife., Cf. Hussy
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hús; Goth. hus, Ger. haus.

Usage

In literature:

The Netherland housewife's silo consists of an earthenware jar about two feet tall.
"Prairie Farmer, Vol. 56: No. 1, January 5, 1884." by Various
But Mrs. Simpson, the portly and practical housewife, had no such idea of the fitness of things.
"St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls, Vol. 5, Nov 1877-Nov 1878" by Various
It is indispensable to the grocer, the farmer, the lawyer, the physician, the manufacturer, the housewife, and the legislator.
"The Vitalized School" by Francis B. Pearson
Even the housewife can do much with silk shades when the principle of lighting the dining-table is understood.
"Artificial Light" by M. Luckiesh
I am not here concerned with the housewife who can afford to keep more than one efficient servant.
"The Healthy Life, Vol. V, Nos. 24-28" by Various
She played to perfection the part of ardent housewife.
"Bella Donna" by Robert Hichens
What had she now to do with market wagons and daily meals and housewifely matters?
"Jane Field" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
In a very small bag is deposited a little rolled up housewife, furnished with minikin needles and fine thread.
"Memoir of Jane Austen" by James Edward Austen-Leigh
Thorgerda took to housekeeping at Gritwater, and was a good housewife.
"The story of Burnt Njal" by Anonymous
He came from his dressing-room to find Madge at the housewifely act of replenishing the fire.
"A Dozen Ways Of Love" by Lily Dougall
Even the mother's care must give way to the housewife's duty; even love must yield to loyalty.
"Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 430" by Various
A good housewife would consider it imprudent to allow July to pass without threading a few of these insects.
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
Sum up the whole as, from the housewife's point of view, 'furniture.
"Logic" by Carveth Read
She was a real little housewife.
"Six Little Bunkers at Mammy June's" by Laura Lee Hope
I inquired for the master or mistress of the mansion, and was conducted to a lady of a plain and housewifely appearance.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
As early as the first of December each housewife starts her preparations for the great day.
"Yule-Tide in Many Lands" by Mary P. Pringle and Clara A. Urann
Antonia was a housewife for whom maids labored with zeal.
"The Lady of Fort St. John" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
Her brass-work glistened in the sunshine, and her decks were as clean as a good housewife's kitchen.
"Our Navy in the War" by Lawrence Perry
Beyond was the housewife, busy with her domestic affairs, the loving helpmate of her husband.
"Standard Selections" by Various
Housewife, her seriousness and her smile, 10.
"A Joy For Ever" by John Ruskin
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In poetry:

For them no more the blazing hearth shall burn,
Or busy housewife ply her evening care:
No children run to lisp their sire's return,
Or climb his knees the envied kiss to share.
"Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" by Thomas Gray
O touch not,— O taste not, let bitterness cease;
Make home, better housewife, the palace of peace;
Let order and comfort and quiet be there
And cheerful contentment and charity fair;
"The Workman's Wife: (A Ballad," by Martin Farquhar Tupper
The rooms within had the piteous shine
The home-things wear which the housewife miss;
From the stairway floated the rise and fall
Of an infant's call,
Whose birth had brought her to this.
"Her Death And After" by Thomas Hardy
Unscrupulous pigmongers will
Attempt to wheedle and to coax
The ignorant young housewife till
She purchases her pigs in pokes;
Beast that got a Lurid Past,
Or else are far Too Good to Last.
"Don't Buy a Pig in a Poke" by Harry Graham
Then rosy-cheeked Bertha, whose housewifely care
And womanly habits call forth praises rare;
Small, winsome maiden, whose large, tender heart,
To blame makes thee timid, thy tears swift to start.
"Why I Love Them" by Mary Alice Walton
Then to a certain house Bruce quickly hied,
And sitting by the door the housewife he spied;
And she asked him who he was, and he said, A wanderer,
Then she said, All wanderers are welcome here, kind sir.
"Adventures of King Robert the Bruce" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

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'Real Housewife ' Cynthia Bailey brings model search to Birmingham.
5 Things You Don't Know About New OC Housewife Heather Dubrow.
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