- wifeˈli·ness noun
Variant of wife
noun pl. wives
- a woman: still so used in such compounds as midwife, housewife, etc.
- a married woman; specif., a woman in her relationship to her husband
Origin: ME < OE wif, woman, akin to Swed viv, Ger weib < ? IE base *weip-, to twist, turn, wrap, in sense “the hidden or veiled person”
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