Huswife Hus"wife, n. [OE. huswif; hus house + wif wife. Cf. {Hussy} a housewife, {Housewife}.] [Written also {housewife}.] 1. A female housekeeper; a woman who manages domestic affairs; a thirfty woman. ``The bounteous huswife Nature.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The huswife is she that do labor doth fall. --Tusser. [1913 Webster]

2. A worthless woman; a hussy. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. [See {Hussy} a bag.] A case for sewing materials. See {Housewife}. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

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