Of or befitting a wife.
(comparative wifelier, superlative wifeliest)
- Of, befitting, pertaining to, or characteristic of a wife.
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 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
Archaic to marry (a specified woman)