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wife



Pronunciation: (wīf), [key]
n., pl. wivesPronunciation: (wīvz), [key]
v., wifed, wif•ing.


n.
1. a woman joined in marriage to a man; a woman considered in relation to her husband; spouse.
2. a woman (archaic or dial., except in idioms): old wives' tale.
3. take to wife, to marry (a particular woman): He took an heiress to wife.

v.i., v.t.
Rare.wive.

-wife




a combining form of wife, now unproductive, occurring in compound words that in general designate traditional roles or occupations of women: fishwife; goodwife; housewife; midwife.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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