Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A married man who manages the household as his main occupation and whose wife usually earns the family income.

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  • n. A husband who remains in the homestead as housekeeper, as opposed to a housewife.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a husband who keeps house while his wife earns the family income

Etymologies

house(wife) + husband.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • He spends the next five years as a "househusband" -- and rarely touches a guitar. 11.

    Personal History: The 11 Moments That Made the Man

  • Although many authors have described Lennon's "househusband" years, Greenberg paints a particularly charming picture of Lennon walking Sean to the doctor's office, then sitting patiently in the waiting room with other parents while the doctor examined Sean.

    Book Review Roundup: Lennon, Dylan, Sinatra And Marilyn Monroe

  • Lennon, after a booze-addled separation from Ono, had recently returned to her, given up drugs and drink, and taken up the role of "househusband," jettisoning his own career in order to raise their infant son, Sean.

    I Tina

  • Sheff says Lennon would make tea and bake bread while describing himself as a "househusband," a man who'd stay at home to tend to the children instead of work.

    NPR Topics: News

  • When schools and advertisers conspire to embody "you can make a difference", "you aren't the * best* in your class, so you have to work harder", and "It isn't important what you study, you * are* going to the * best* college," is it any wonder that mere service - such as househusband or farmer - is often overlooked and disparaged?

    ScienceBlogs Channel : Life Science

  • New research from the Office of National Statistics suggests the phenomenon of the househusband has seen a rapid explosion in numbers, but experts say the trend is less about choice and nurture than an economic necessity that is not being recognised by policymakers.

    Why stay-at-home dads are still the invisible men of the house

  • And yet, when it comes to myself, I'm fairly certain that even if I wanted to, I could never make it as a housewife (or househusband, as the case may be).

    Delia Lloyd: 5 Signs You'd Make A Lousy Homemaker

  • And Mother may have the added advantage that she comes with no strings attached, since she's done babies and orange blossom, has no interest in IVF and no longer seeks a househusband to sort out the domestic engineering while she builds her fledgling career.

    Life begins at 60 for the newly divorced | Yvonne Roberts

  • "I'm going to have a chapter in my next book called 'There's no such thing as a happy househusband'," she says now.

    The Saturday interview: Anne Robinson on leaving Weakest Link

  • But after getting his master's degree from Johns Hopkins and working seven years with the Inter-American Development Bank's board of directors in the District, he was ready and willing to try being a househusband.

    37 years in: Family, fearlessness, sense of adventure

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