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Definitions of housewife

  1. Alt. of Housewive Webster Dictionary DB
  2. A little case or bag for materials used in sewing, and for other articles of female work; - called also hussy. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. The mistress of a home; one who manages domestic affairs; a small case for sewing materials. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. The mistress of a house: a female domestic manager. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. A small case for articles of female work, properly spelt HUSSIF (which see). The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. Mistress of a family; domestic manager. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  7. The mistress of a household. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. The mistress of a family; a female domestic manager; a little case for articles of female work, pronounced huzzif. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  9. The mistress of a house who is a good manager; a little case for needles, &c. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  10. Housewifely. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.

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Usage examples for housewife

  1. He never repented his marriage; Bessy was an admirable housewife and made a shilling go as far as many women would a half- crown. – A Chapter of Adventures by G. A. Henty
  2. So also the housewife should, before turning the cows out to grass for the summer, tie a switch of mountain ash with a red worsted thread around the cow's tail. – The South Isles of Aran by Oliver J. Burke
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