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English Dictionary: housewife by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a wife who manages a household while her husband earns the family income
    Synonym(s): housewife, homemaker, lady of the house, woman of the house
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Housewife \House"wife`\, n. [House + wife. Cf. {Hussy}.]
      1. The wife of a householder; the mistress of a family; the
            female head of a household. --Shak.
                     He a good husband, a good housewife she. --Dryden.
      2. (Usually pronounced [?].) [See {Hussy}, in this sense.] A
            little case or bag for materials used in sewing, and for
            other articles of female work; -- called also {hussy}.
            [Written also {huswife}.] --P. Skelton.
      3. A hussy. [R.] [Usually written {huswife}.] --Shak.
      {Sailor's housewife}, a ditty-bag.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Housewife \House"wife`\, Housewive \House"wive`\, v. t.
      To manage with skill and economy, as a housewife or other
      female manager; to economize.
               Conferred those moneys on the nuns, which since they
               have well housewived.                              --Fuller.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Huswife \Hus"wife\, n. [OE. huswif; hus house + wif wife. Cf.
      {Hussy} a housewife, {Housewife}.] [Written also
      1. A female housekeeper; a woman who manages domestic
            affairs; a thirfty woman. [bd]The bounteous huswife
            Nature.[b8] --Shak.
                     The huswife is she that do labor doth fall.
      2. A worthless woman; a hussy. [Obs.] --Shak.
      3. [See {Hussy} a bag.] A case for sewing materials. See
            {Housewife}. --Cowper.
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