A man hugs his wife.
The woman you are married to is an example of your wife.
- a woman: archaic or dial., except as used in such compounds as midwife, alewife, etc.
- a woman with reference to the person to whom she is married
- any married woman
Origin of wifeMiddle English from Old English wif, woman, akin to Swedish viv, German weib from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Indo-European base an unverified form weip-, to twist, turn, wrap, in sense “the hidden or veiled person”
take to wife
Origin of wifeMiddle English wif woman, wife from Old English wīf
Although not common, wife can be used with the to indicate one's own wife. For instance, "I'd like to go, but the wife wants me home." More commonly, "my wife".
From Middle English wif, wiif, wyf, from Old English wÄ«f (“woman, female, lady, wife"), from Proto-Germanic *wÄ«bÄ… (“woman, wife"), possibly from Proto-Indo-European *gÊ°Ê·Ãâ‚‚bÊ°- (“shame, pudenda") (compare Tocharian A/B kip/kwÄ«pe (“shame, genitals, female pudenda")). Cognate with Scots wife (“wife"), West Frisian wiif (“wife, woman"), North Frisian wÃ¼f (“wife, woman"), Dutch wijf (“woman, female"), Low German Wief (“woman, female"), German Weib (“woman, wife, female"), Danish viv (“woman"), Swedish viv (“woman"), Faroese vÃv (“wife, woman"), Icelandic vÃf (“woman").