American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or suited to a housewife; domestic.
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.
- adj. In the manner of a housewife.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Pertaining or appropriate to a housewife; domestic; economical; prudent.
- adj. related or suited to a housewife
- housewife + -ly (Wiktionary)
“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.”
“Fisher trains her wit on the tyranny of the balanced meal and other housewifely conventions made more onerous by wartime rationing.”
“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?”
“But Colin, in spite of all the empirical evidence about my housewifely skills, was trying to be nice.”
“Dully, in a lifeless imitation of housewifely zeal, she stacked the plates and saucers.”
“The first one contains only one person: a tired, housewifely person who has just finished mopping the floor.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.””
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