Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Resembling or pertaining to a wife or woman.
- adj. Resembling a wife.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of, pertaining to, or like, a wife or a woman.
- adj. befitting or characteristic of a wife
- wife + -like (Wiktionary)
“Scott, you DID portray Brian in a very wifelike manner … no offense to any wives out there.”
“He shrugs his shoulders, and at that small gesture, wifelike, I am on to him.”
“He expected me to prepare dinner and to otherwise be stereotypically wifelike.”
“I hope I am chasing a woman my wifelike he is being accused off, when I am 64”
“She used the Japanese word Danna-san, Sir Master, and although she had never yet allowed Kamejdro to master her at anything, she sang the word in a lilting, wifelike manner and dropped her eyes, and all the men there thought: "How lucky Kamejiro was to make that swap.”
“And Catherine smiled through the tears that were trembling in her eyes, at the half sad, half playful words; and a wifelike glance of trustfulness told how very dear he was.”
“Miss Chudleigh was remembered by those who wished for the brilliant mistress, and scorned the wifelike quality of sedateness -- and Miss L. is now seen with a very silly fellow or two, walking backwards and forwards unmolested -- dwindled down from the new beauty to a very quotes pretty girl; and perhaps glad to come off so.”
“Mrs. Riccabocca had (to her credit be it spoken) used all becoming and wifelike arts against these three remnants of the old bachelor Adam, but in vain.”
“Again those dear arms closed around me in wifelike and holy love, and those true lips kissed away my tears -- even as now, at the distance of years from that happy morn, while I write the last words of this Strange Story, the same faithful arms close around me, the same tender lips kiss away my tears.”
“Mr.. Hay, if her husband had for a moment supposed the general would wish to see him, he would not have gone, adding, with just a little touch of proper, wifelike spirit, that on the general's previous visits he had never seemed to care whether he saw Mr. Hay or not.”
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