• WordNet 3.6
    • n wife a married woman; a man's partner in marriage
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Sivora, the chief's wife, standing on the cliff edge Sivora, the chief's wife, standing on the cliff edge
Bleubeard gives key to wife Bleubeard gives key to wife
The magician's wife whistles to the parrot The magician's wife whistles to the parrot

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There was a time in Japan where a wife being left handed was a ground for divorce
    • Wife A woman; an adult female; -- now used in literature only in certain compounds and phrases, as alewife, fishwife, goodwife, and the like. "Both men and wives .""On the green he saw sitting a wife ."
    • Wife The lawful consort of a man; a woman who is united to a man in wedlock; a woman who has a husband; a married woman; -- correlative of husband. "The husband of one wife .""Let every one you . . . so love his wife even as himself, and the wife see that she reverence her husband."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone, never telephoned his wife or mother because they were both deaf
    • n wife A woman: now only in rural or provincial use, especially in Scotland, and usually with an adjective, or in composition with a noun, implying a woman of humble position: as, old wives' tales; a fish wife.
    • n wife The mistress of a house; a hostess: called more distinctively the goodwife (correlative to goodman) or the housewīfe.
    • n wife A woman who is united to a man in the lawful bonds of wedlock; a man's spouse: the correlative of husband.
    • wife To take a wife; marry.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: 'Vaimonkanto' or 'Wife Carrying' is a sports event. The 'Carry an Old Gel' championship games are held anually in Sonkajarvi, Finland.
    • n Wife wīf a woman: a married woman: the mistress of a house, a hostess—often in this sense 'goodwife.'— Wife′hood, the state of being a wife
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  • Helen Rowland
    “One man's folly is often another man's wife.”
  • John Florio
    John Florio
    “A good husband makes a good wife.”
  • Molly Mcgee
    Molly Mcgee
    “When a man brings his wife flowers for no reason, there's a reason.”
  • Edgar Saltus
    Edgar Saltus
    “It is better to have loved your wife than never to have loved at all.”
  • Thomas Fuller
    “If you would have a good wife, marry one who has been a good daughter.”
  • Andrew Jackson
    “Heaven will be no heaven to me if I do not meet my wife there.”


Dutch wife - A Dutch wife is a long pillow or a hot water bottle.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. wif, AS. wif,; akin to OFries. & OS. wif, D. wijf, G. weib, OHG. wīb, Icel. vīf, Dan. viv,; and perhaps to Skr. vip, excited, agitated, inspired, vip, to tremble, L. vibrare, to vibrate, E. vibrate,. Cf. Tacitus, [“ Germania” 8]: Inesse quin etiam sanctum aliquid et providum putant, nec aut consilia earum aspernantur aut responsa neglegunt. Cf. Hussy a jade, Woman
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wíf; Ice. víf, Ger. weib; not conn. with weave.


In literature:

This union, which was neither fruitful nor happy, lasted more than thirty years, after which the high-born wife died.
"Cruel As The Grave" by Mrs. Emma D. E. N. Southworth
She would be either a work-wife or a love-wife.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
Missis Elsmere, he tells my wife, strains all the stuff through a cloth, she do; never seed anythin' like it, nor my wife neither.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
He had married a wife, and had parted with her, and taken another man's wife, and paid for her with diamonds.
"An Old Man's Love" by Anthony Trollope
If the young wife resolves to be considerate and agreeable for one month, she is the right kind of young wife.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Vol. 3 (of 4)" by W. Grant Hague
But she was a real wife to him.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
The one-horse carriage was no delight to Neefit, and hardly gave satisfaction to his wife after the first three months.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
His wife's family, like his wife, could forgive anything to Louis Levine because of the babies.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
How lucky it is he has to make me his wife!
"A Coin of Edward VII" by Fergus Hume
Ring and Dinn's is he whom his wife scolds; John Knox's is he whom his wife beats.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
She was ashamed to be his wife, his only wife, his little wife for ever.
"The Bill-Toppers" by Andre Castaigne
He had applied to his wife, and his wife did not know how to help him.
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope
Of this fact neither husband nor wife seemed to be conscious.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
McCarthey's wife was with him.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
The young wife, however, was emancipated from such admonitions.
"Making People Happy" by Thompson Buchanan
An Infidel, whose wife was a Roman Catholic, became unwell, and gradually sank under great suffering and agony.
"The Story of John G. Paton" by James Paton
Then he went home to the Black Rogue's wife, and told her that her husband was dead, and that he was ready to marry her if she liked.
"The Lilac Fairy Book" by Andrew Lang
If I am ever any man's wife, I shall be the wife of Daniel Thwaite.
"Lady Anna" by Anthony Trollope
I am not a jealous wife, but I despise any woman who would seek to take the love of a husband from his wife.
"A Mad Love" by Bertha M. Clay
As for Eugene, he predicted a certain Elsa Brown, who, his wife said, had greasy curls.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser

In poetry:

JEAN MARCHANT, the wood-carver.
DORETTE, his wife.
SHAGONAS, an Indian lad.
"The Wood Carver's Wife" by Marjorie Lowry Christie Pickthall
But Jamie is a truthfu' chiel,
An' lo'es thee as his life,
An' fain am I afore I dee,
To see thee made his wife.
"Mary Lee: A Ballad" by Janet Hamilton
But up spake proud Lord Percy then,
And O but he spake hie!
I am the lord of this castle,
My wife's the lady gay.
"The Battle Of Otterburn" by Anonymous British
An when yor ommost driven mad,
Who quiets yo daan, an calls yo "lad,"
An shows yo things are nooan soa bad?
A wife.
"A Wife [1]" by John Hartley
But up spake proud Lord Percy then,
And O but he spake hie!
"I am the lord of this castle,
My wife's the lady gaye."
"Battle Of Otterbourne" by Anonymous British
One day Matthew asked Annie if she would be his wife,
And Annie replied, I never thought of it in all my life;
Yes, my wife, Annie, replied Matthew, hold hard a bit,
Remember, Annie, I've watched you grow up, and consider you most fit.
"Annie Marshall the Foundling" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Gary Coleman's Ex-Agent " Appalled " Ex-Wife Took Photos of Him Dying.
Singh, a former Indian Army officer wanted in a 1996 killing in the disputed Kashmir region killed his wife and two of their children in their California home Saturday, June 9, 2012 before apparently taking his own life, authorities said.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Margarita.
Renold Williams, a 44-year-old Columbus resident and a veteran who recently had returned from Bosnia, where he served his country with distinction, kissed his wife and kids goodbye and left for his job at the Metropolitan Armored Car Co.
Chunks of dismembered wife found in whale.
Demolition is well underway on the Gold Coast home where Frank Lloyd Wright lived briefly with a girlfriend (and future wife) while not yet divorced from his first wife.
Husband finds wife clinging to life.
A 'blessing' amid a series of struggles: Wife of wounded vet graduates.
At first, the distinctions seemed clear: One governor broke the law, the other cheated on his wife (and she, apparently, had cheated on him).
A 41 year old man is slapped with bigamy charges after his first wife finds his second wife on Facebook's "People You May Know" feature.
The Sheriff says Jose Sanchez shot and killed his wife after his wife was making fun of him.
This character started out as just being a character for " hustler 's wife 3" which is called "A heart Break of a Hustler 's Wife".
Newt Gingrich's second wife, Marianne, says the GOP presidential candidate asked her for an " open marriage " after he became involved with the woman who became his third and current wife.
My wife and I visited our son and his wife in your beautiful county the first week of October.
After his second wife died in 1975, "I got out of the wife business," he'd say with finality.

In science:

Darin Acosta, his wife Janis, and their children Angela and Alex.
Variational Principles in General Relativity
I am grateful to Alexander Garkun and Andrey Minkevich for help by preparation of this paper. I am thankful to my wife Eleonora for her permanent support.
Non-Singular Cosmology and Gauge Theories of Gravitation
Acknowledgement. I wish to thank Holger Brenner, Torsten Ekedahl, Almar Kaid, Manfred Lehn, and my wife Le Van for helpful discussion. I have used the computer algebra system Magma for some computations of lengths of Artin rings.
Singularities appearing on generic fibers of morphisms between smooth schemes
Finally, I want to thank my wife who shouldered a lot of responsibilities so that I could concentrate only to my research work.
Contributions to Random Energy Models
Example 7 (Epistemic reasoning: The friends puzzle). (i) Peter is a friend of John, so if Peter knows that John knows something then John knows that Peter knows the same thing. (ii) Peter is married, so if Peter’s wife knows something, then Peter knows the same thing.
Simple Type Theory as Framework for Combining Logics
For modeling the knowledge of Peter, Peter’s wife, and John we consider a 3-dimensional logic combining the modalities ✷p , ✷(w p) , and ✷j .
Simple Type Theory as Framework for Combining Logics
I am also thankful to my wife, Ewa, who gave me permanent support and valuable comments on this thesis.
Slim accretion disks around black holes
In my house, both my wife and I create PowerPoint presentations for our work.
The role of context and culture in teaching physics: The implication of disciplinary differences
At the border the guard asked my wife and me for photo identification and for the purpose of our visit.
Conference Summary (5th Int. Conf. on Hyperons, Charm, and Beauty Hadrons)
Finally, I want to dedicate this paper to my wife, Miki. I could not have finished writing the manuscript without her support.
Inequalities for experimental tests of the Kochen-Specker theorem
Christy of the US Naval Observatory), but he was not the discoverer, and his wife was Patricia (nee Edson)43 .
Astrophysics in 2006
You might want to start over and assume that Christy’s wife’s name is Charlene and that the LA Times has (at least) one editor like the one who just processed a chapter of ours for a book on evolution in general.
Astrophysics in 2006
Problem 2. A known mathematician N found himself with his wife among the guests, which were n(>= 3) married couples.
The m\'enage problem with a known mathematician
Let us measure the distance between N and his wife via the number of spaces between the separating them chairs over clockwise.
The m\'enage problem with a known mathematician
Last (but not least), I wish to acknowledge my wife Diane’s help and encouragement.
Some New Applications of Weyl's Multipolarization Operators