- n. a wife who has married a man with whom she has been living for some time (especially if she is pregnant at the time)
“He hadn't indicated any desire to make an honest woman out of her — well, why should he? she'd been free with her affections without expectation of return — and now Lord Granville had arrived.”
“Charge an honest woman with picking thy pocket! why, thou whoreson, impudent, embossed rascal, if there were anything in thy pocket but tavern-reckonings, memorandums of bawdy-houses, and one poor penny-worth of sugar-candy to make thee long-winded, if thy pocket were enriched with any other injuries but these, I am a villain: and yet you will stand to if; you will not pocket up wrong: art thou not ashamed?”
““Apparently you knocked me up, Mr. Killkenny, before you made an honest woman of me.””
“It appeared that, on the Monday, the Guiser had actually gone down to the Green Man and tackled Trixie herself, declaiming that Ralph ought to make an honest woman of her.”
““You will also hear from Mrs. Austin, the honest woman who attended to Mrs. Brande’s household work, of the scene which she witnessed when the accused came to break the news of Paul Brande’s death to Mrs. Brande.”
“In fine, through a variety of reasons, Mrs. Kennaston quite frankly cared even less for books, as manifestations of art, than does the average tolerably honest woman to whom books do not represent a source of income.”
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