wifely definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- wifeˈli·ness noun
Variant of wife
- 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: Middle 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”