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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  He  a  good  husband,  a  good  housewife  she  --Dryden. 
 
  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. 
 
  3.  A  hussy.  [R.]  [Usually  written  {huswife}.]  --Shak. 
 
  {Sailor's  housewife},  a  ditty-bag. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Housewife  \House"wife`\,  Housewive  \House"wive`\,  v.  t. 
  To  manage  with  skill  and  economy,  as  a  housewife  or  other 
  female  manager;  to  economize. 
 
  Conferred  those  moneys  on  the  nuns,  which  since  they 
  have  well  housewived.  --Fuller. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  The  huswife  is  she  that  do  labor  doth  fall. 
  --Tusser. 
 
  2.  A  worthless  woman;  a  hussy.  [Obs.]  --Shak. 
 
  3.  [See  {Hussy}  a  bag.]  A  case  for  sewing  materials.  See 
  {Housewife}.  --Cowper. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  housewife 
  n  :  a  wife  who  keeps  house  while  her  husband  earns  the  family 
  income  [syn:  {lady  of  the  house},  {woman  of  the  house},  {housekeeper}] 




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