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[wahyf-lee] /ˈwaɪf li/
adjective, wifelier, wifeliest.
of, like, or befitting a wife.
Also, wifelike.
Origin of wifely
before 900; Middle English wifly, Old English wīflīc. See wife, -ly
Related forms
wifeliness, noun
unwifely, adjective Unabridged
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  • 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.
  • After some initial sparring, the wifely hairdresser and translator pool their cash to try and spring their husband from jail.
  • She was thought to manage her regal lover with political shrewdness and wifely concern.

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