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.
Webster's Revised


Hus"wife\, v. t. To manage with frugality; -- said of a woman. --Dryden.
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