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wives

[wahyvz] /waɪvz/
noun
1.
plural of wife.

wife

[wahyf] /waɪf/
noun, plural wives
[wahyvz] /waɪvz/ (Show IPA)
1.
a married woman, especially when considered in relation to her partner in marriage.
2.
a woman (archaic or dial., except in idioms):
old wives' tale.
verb (used without object), verb (used with object), wifed, wifing.
3.
Rare. wive.
Idioms
4.
take to wife, to marry (a particular woman):
He took an heiress to wife.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English, Old English wīf woman; cognate with Dutch wijf, German Weib, Old Norse vīf
Related forms
wifedom, noun
wifeless, adjective
wifelessness, noun

wive

[wahyv] /waɪv/
verb (used without object), wived, wiving.
1.
to take a wife; marry.
verb (used with object), wived, wiving.
2.
to take as wife; marry.
3.
to provide with a wife.
Origin
before 900; Middle English wiven, Old English wīfian, derivative of wīf; see wife
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Examples from the web for wives
  • Husbands and wives committed mutual suicide, stabbing themselves with arrows and knives, or leaping off cliffs.
  • Soldiers brought their wives and families, and traders brought their wares.
  • They lied to their wives, to subordinates and to the press.
  • Meek little wives feel the edge of the carving knife and study their husbands' necks.
  • He ultimately became king, prepared a royal burial, and gave this gravesite to one of his wives.
  • In the dim, smoky hut, one of the king's wives boils coffee over a hearth.
  • Nay the wives strive to be burned with the corpses of their husbands.
  • He married a number of wives in his declining years, and his life on the whole was by modern standards unedifying.
  • Even our mothers and wives stretch the truth to make us feel better.
  • Not only are there hundreds of fishermen out of work, but many of their wives work at local squid processing and freezing plants.
British Dictionary definitions for wives

wives

/waɪvz/
noun
1.
the plural of wife

wife

/waɪf/
noun (pl) wives (waɪvz)
1.
a man's partner in marriage; a married woman related adjective uxorial
2.
an archaic or dialect word for woman
3.
take to wife, to marry (a woman)
Derived Forms
wifehood, noun
wifeless, adjective
wifelike, adjective
wifeliness, noun
wifely, adjective
Word Origin
Old English wīf; related to Old Norse vīf (perhaps from vīfathr veiled), Old High German wīb (German Weib)

wive

/waɪv/
verb (archaic)
1.
to marry (a woman)
2.
(transitive) to supply with a wife
Word Origin
Old English gewīfian, from wīfwife
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Word Origin and History for wives

wife

n.

Old English wif "woman," from Proto-Germanic *wiban (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian wif, Old Norse vif, Danish and Swedish viv, Middle Dutch, Dutch wijf, Old High German wib, German Weib), of uncertain origin. Dutch wijf now means, in slang, "girl, babe," having softened somewhat from earlier sense of "bitch."

Some proposed PIE roots include *weip- "to twist, turn, wrap," perhaps with sense of "veiled person" (see vibrate); or *ghwibh-, a proposed root meaning "shame," also "pudenda," but the only examples of it are wife and Tocharian (a lost IE language of central Asia) kwipe, kip "female pudenda."

The modern sense of "female spouse" began as a specialized sense in Old English; the general sense of "woman" is preserved in midwife, old wives' tale, etc. Middle English sense of "mistress of a household" survives in housewife; and later restricted sense of "tradeswoman of humble rank" in fishwife. Wife-swapping is attested from 1954.

wive

v.

"to marry (a woman)," Old English wifian, from wif "woman" (see wife). Cf. Middle Dutch wiven.

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Slang definitions & phrases for wives

wife

noun
  1. A member of a pimp's group of prostitutes: She is his favorite ''wife'' at the moment (1900+ Prostitutes)
  2. The more passive of a homosexual couple (1883+)

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wives in the Bible

The ordinance of marriage was sanctioned in Paradise (Gen. 2:24; Matt. 19:4-6). Monogamy was the original law under which man lived, but polygamy early commenced (Gen. 4:19), and continued to prevail all down through Jewish history. The law of Moses regulated but did not prohibit polygamy. A man might have a plurality of wives, but a wife could have only one husband. A wife's legal rights (Ex. 21:10) and her duties (Prov. 31:10-31; 1 Tim. 5:14) are specified. She could be divorced in special cases (Deut. 22:13-21), but could not divorce her husband. Divorce was restricted by our Lord to the single case of adultery (Matt. 19:3-9). The duties of husbands and wives in their relations to each other are distinctly set forth in the New Testament (1 Cor. 7:2-5; Eph. 5:22-33; Col. 3:18, 19; 1 Pet. 3:1-7).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Idioms and Phrases with wives

wives

wife

see under wives
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