Definitions

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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or suited to a housewife; domestic.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. In the manner of a housewife.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining or appropriate to a housewife; domestic; economical; prudent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or characteristic of a housewife; pertaining to the female management of a house; like a housewife; thrifty.
  • With the economy of a careful housewife.

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

  • adj. related or suited to a housewife

Etymologies

housewife +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Lady Bridget made no comment upon her husband's scant courtesy to his guest when she rejoined Maule after an hour or two spent in housewifely business.

    Lady Bridget in the Never-Never Land

  • Fisher trains her wit on the tyranny of the balanced meal and other housewifely conventions made more onerous by wartime rationing.

    The Romantical She

  • The fascinating question arose to Ms. Beauman: What were the housewifely ladies, such as the heroine of Noel Coward's Brief Encounter, reading when they were riding on the train to town for shopping?

    Archive 2009-01-01

  • But Colin, in spite of all the empirical evidence about my housewifely skills, was trying to be nice.

    Christina Patterson: Thanks to the politicians, we're all 'hard-working' now

  • Dully, in a lifeless imitation of housewifely zeal, she stacked the plates and saucers.

    The Mistaken Wife

  • The first one contains only one person: a tired, housewifely person who has just finished mopping the floor.

    Archive 2008-03-01

  • But, as I have been becoming more immersed in my housewifely role, I've begun to think how nice it would be to have on a pretty dress or skirt when my husband comes home from work.

    The Value of Clothing in Creating a Mood

  • Bess made no wild display of grieving, she appeared to eat well and fill her days as always with the housewifely duties she loved, but she was simply fading away.

    Dearly Beloved

  • When I met Robert on a blind date, I had finessed my life story with carefully crafted half-truths: My father's chronic unemployment and frequent absences became an executive career path; my mother's clerkship in a toy store an escape from housewifely boredom.

    The Spirit Upwelling

  • To whet that appetite and, in the process, to “implant in the character all the elements that go to make up the perfect woman,” students were taught penmanship and “personality,” music, geography, hygiene, and “housewifely wisdom.”

    Vocational Training Schools in the United States.

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