- a woman, typically a married woman, who keeps house, usually without having paid employment
- Also called: hussy, huswife /ˈhʌzɪf/ chiefly Brit a small sewing kit issued to soldiers
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house•wife /ˈhaʊsˌwaɪf/USA pronunciation n.[countable], pl. -wives.WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
house•wife (hous′wīf′ or, usually, huz′if for 2),USA pronunciation n., pl. -wives (-wīvz′),USA pronunciation v., -wifed, -wif•ing.
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housewife /ˈhaʊsˌwaɪf/ n ( pl -wives)
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