The woman you are married to is an example of your wife.
- To marry (a specified woman).
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of wife
- Middle English wif woman, wife from Old English wīf
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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").