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[hous-wahyf-lee] /ˈhaʊsˌwaɪf li/
of, like, or befitting a housewife.
Origin of housewifely
1300-50; Middle English. See housewife, -ly
Related forms
housewifeliness, noun
unhousewifely, adjective Unabridged
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  • To-day he found it more difficult than usual to tolerate this housewifely chatter.

    A Virgin Heart Remy de Gourmont
  • Mallory was touched by this new revelation of her future housewifely thrift.

    Excuse Me! Rupert Hughes
  • They were mostly detained at home by housewifely cares, which on that day could not well be delegated to other hands.

    Frank's Campaign Horatio Alger, Jr.
  • She locked the door, and then drew out her housewifely bunch of keys.

    A Country Sweetheart Dora Russell
  • Pertelote shows a housewifely knowledge of the properties of herbs.

    Chaucer and His Times Grace E. Hadow
  • I reassured her housewifely scruples, and came to the point at once.

    Vendetta Marie Corelli
  • In this fashion she made them when, after pillage, it was possible to reinstate the housewifely crafts.

  • Here they appear in the loveliness of their peaceful, housewifely mission.

    Women of the Teutonic Nations Hermann Schoenfeld
  • While my grandfather was on the road, my grandmother conducted her humble household in a capable, housewifely way.

    The Promised Land Mary Antin
  • Isom watched her with approval, pleased to see her so housewifely and neat.

    The Bondboy George W. (George Washington) Ogden
British Dictionary definitions for housewifely


prudent and neat; domestic: housewifely virtues
Derived Forms
housewifeliness, noun
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