Wifely Wife"ly, a. [AS. w[=i]flic.] Becoming or life; of or pertaining to a wife. ``Wifely patience.'' --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

With all the tenderness of wifely love. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

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  • wifely — [[t]wa͟ɪfli[/t]] ADJ: usu ADJ n Wifely is used to describe things that are supposed to be typical of a good wife. She strove to perform all her wifely functions perfectly. ...the ideology of wifely duty …   English dictionary

  • wifely — UK [ˈwaɪflɪ] / US adjective Word forms wifely : adjective wifely comparative wifelier superlative wifeliest mainly literary considered to be typical of a wife …   English dictionary

  • wifely — wife|ly [ˈwaıfli] adj old fashioned wifely qualities or actions are supposed to be typical of a good wife sometimes used humorously way …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • wifely — wife ► NOUN (pl. wives) 1) a married woman considered in relation to her husband. 2) archaic or dialect a woman, especially an old or uneducated one. DERIVATIVES wifely adjective. ORIGIN Old English, «woman» …   English terms dictionary

  • wifely — adjective Date: before 12th century of, relating to, or befitting a wife • wifeliness noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • wifely — wifeliness, n. /wuyf lee/, adj., wifelier, wifeliest. of, like, or befitting a wife. Also, wifelike. [bef. 900; ME wifly, OE wiflic. See WIFE, LY] * * * …   Universalium

  • wifely — adjective Of, befitting, pertaining to, or characteristic of a wife …   Wiktionary

  • wifely — Synonyms and related words: adoring, affectionate, bridal, conjugal, connubial, demonstrative, devoted, epithalamic, faithful, filial, fond, husbandly, hymeneal, languishing, lovelorn, lovesick, lovesome, loving, marital, married, maternal,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • wifely — wife|ly [ waıfli ] adjective MAINLY LITERARY considered to be typical of a wife …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • wifely — adj. characteristic of or relating to a wife, befitting a wife …   English contemporary dictionary

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