- a wife or a mistress of a household
- a title equivalent to Mrs., applied to a woman ranking below a lady
Origin of goodwifeME: see good and wife
nounpl. good·wives, Archaic
- The female head of a household.
- Goodwife Used formerly as a courtesy title before the surname of a married woman not of noble birth.
- (A title of respect for a woman).
- Goodwife Hopkins