noun (plural wives) Etymology: Middle English wif, from Old English wīf; akin to Old High German wīb wife and probably to Tocharian B kwīpe female pudenda Date: before 12th century 1. a. dialect woman b. a woman acting in a specified capacity — used in combination <
2. a female partner in a marriage • wifehood nounwifeless adjective

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  • wife — index consort, spouse Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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  • wife — 1. (wife) (1971↑, 253↓) 1. The Good Part The woman you marry and live with for the rest of your life. 2. The Bad Part The woman you marry and live with for the rest of your life. My wife s an angel! You re lucky. Mine s still alive. Author:… …   Urban English dictionary

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