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husband

[huhz-buh nd] /ˈhʌz bənd/
noun
1.
a married man, especially when considered in relation to his partner in marriage.
2.
British. a manager.
3.
Archaic. a prudent or frugal manager.
verb (used with object)
4.
to manage, especially with prudent economy.
5.
to use frugally; conserve:
to husband one's resources.
6.
Archaic.
  1. to be or become a husband to; marry.
  2. to find a husband for.
  3. to till; cultivate.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English husband(e), Old English hūsbonda master of the house < Old Norse hūsbōndi, equivalent to hūs house + bōndi (bō-, variant of bū- dwell (see boor) + -nd present participle suffix + -i inflectional ending)
Related forms
husbander, noun
husbandless, adjective
unhusbanded, adjective
Synonyms
5. preserve, save, store, hoard.
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Examples for husband
  • Harriet reveals all to her husband but he fobs her off, and they travel to ireland.
  • But the married woman is anxious about worldly things, how to please her husband.
  • She left her husband and academic career because of her public personal ties with amir.
  • While ruling, she seemed to be much tougher than her husband.
  • Afterwards, she shot her husband so she could leave him and be with francisco.
  • She made herself the link between the world and her thin skinned and neurotic husband.
  • She retained her dowry and any settlement deeded to her by her husband.
  • She has been treated like a plaything, first by her father and then by her husband.
  • Severe penalties were imposed on an adulterous wife by her husband.
  • She then resumes the garb of a woman, and with her husband returns wealthy to genoa.
British Dictionary definitions for husband

husband

/ˈhʌzbənd/
noun
1.
a woman's partner in marriage
2.
(archaic)
  1. a manager of an estate
  2. a frugal person
verb
3.
to manage or use (resources, finances, etc) thriftily
4.
(archaic)
  1. (transitive) to find a husband for
  2. (of a woman) to marry (a man)
5.
(transitive) (obsolete) to till (the soil)
Derived Forms
husbander, noun
husbandless, adjective
Word Origin
Old English hūsbonda, from Old Norse hūsbōndi, from hūs house + bōndi one who has a household, from bōa to dwell
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Word Origin and History for husband
husband
O.E. husbonda "male head of a household," probably from O.N. husbondi "master of the house," from hus "house" + bondi "householder, dweller, freeholder, peasant," from buandi, prp. of bua "to dwell" The sense of "peasant farmer" (early 13c.) is preserved in husbandry (first attested late 14c. in this sense). Beginning late 13c., replaced O.E. wer as "married man," companion of wif, a sad loss for Eng. poetry. The verb "manage thriftily" is mid-15c., from the noun in the obsolete sense of "steward" (mid-15c.). Slang shortening hubby first attested 1680s.
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Slang definitions & phrases for husband

husband

noun
  1. A pimp: She has a pimp she calls her ''husband'' (1960s+ Prostitutes)
  2. The dominant, masculine member of a homosexual couple, male or female (1960s+ Homosexuals)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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husband in the Bible

i.e., the "house-band," connecting and keeping together the whole family. A man when betrothed was esteemed from that time a husband (Matt. 1:16, 20; Luke 2:5). A recently married man was exempt from going to war for "one year" (Deut. 20:7; 24:5).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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