hussy
Housewife House"wife`, n. [House + wife. Cf. {Hussy}.] 1. The wife of a householder; the mistress of a family; the female head of a household. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

He a good husband, a good housewife she. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. (Usually pronounced ?.) [See {Hussy}, in this sense.] A little case or bag for materials used in sewing, and for other articles of female work; -- called also {hussy}. [Written also {huswife}.] --P. Skelton. [1913 Webster]

3. A hussy. [R.] [Usually written {huswife}.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{Sailor's housewife}, a ditty-bag.


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