wifely

[wahyf-lee]
adjective, wifelier, wifeliest.
of, like, or befitting a wife.
Also, wifelike.


Origin:
before 900; Middle English wifly, Old English wīflīc. See wife, -ly

wifeliness, noun
unwifely, adjective
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wife (waɪf)
 
n , pl wives
1.  a man's partner in marriage; a married womanRelated: uxorial
2.  an archaic or dialect word for woman
3.  take to wife to marry (a woman)
 
Related: uxorial
 
[Old English wīf; related to Old Norse vīf (perhaps from vīfathr veiled), Old High German wīb (German Weib)]
 
'wifehood
 
n
 
'wifeless
 
adj
 
'wifelike
 
adj
 
'wifeliness
 
n
 
'wifely
 
adj

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Example sentences
She had defied her father when he shouted at her that the family's honor
  depended on her fulfilling her wifely obligations.
As she told the story of her marriage, the author displayed a remarkable blend
  of wifely sympathy and historical shortsightedness.
And the splendid thing, the remarkable thing, about her wifely exhortation was
  its lack of irony.
He had, for example, old- fashioned ideas about wifely duties.
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