huswife
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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  • 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 Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • huswife — /husˈif/ obsolete form of ↑housewife * * * huswife etc.: see housewife, etc …   Useful english dictionary

  • Huswife — Hus wife, v. t. To manage with frugality; said of a woman. Dryden. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • huswife — see HOUSEWIFE (Cf. housewife) …   Etymology dictionary

  • huswife — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • huswife — 1. noun A small case containing scissors, thread, needles and other sewing things. He cals her on a sudden, all to naught; she is a strumpet, a light huswife, a bitch, an arrant whore. 2. verb To manage with frugality …   Wiktionary

  • huswife — n. Housewife, female economist, thrifty woman …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • housewife — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 ?.)… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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