from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or befitting a wife.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of, befitting, pertaining to, or characteristic of a wife.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Becoming or life; of or pertaining to a wife.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to or befitting a wife; like a wife.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. befitting or characteristic of a wife
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As I knew she was originally from a country with a very conservative culture, I didn't snort at her use of the word "wifely" or ask if that meant having a martini waiting for my husband at the end of the work day.
To the cloister-reared maiden the idea of wifely duty was elevated almost to a religion.
Because she has the perfect "wifely" ways -- always on the republican message, and always smiling adoringly at her adolescent hubby.
“I didn’t get enough of it,” Joe says, referring to the wifely roughing up.
According to Heine, an Englishman loves liberty as a good husband loves his wife; that is also how he loves the land of his birth; at all events, England has a kind of wifely embrace for the home-coming
Even though I don’t agree with the idea of wifely submission, and even find it personally unethical.
I couldn't help but wonder, "Is this a glimpse into what my 'wifely' challenges might involve?
That morning, Grigor Samsa awoke to realise that being in possession of six extra legs, he was in need of a wifely insect.
"All you who feel less than competent at humour (and life) could do worse than following the wifely admonition in this New Yorker cartoon," says Paul Szabo.31st over: South Africa 149-3 (Kallis 31, du Plessis 1) Now it's seam at both ends, with Shafiul Islam coming on.
So, if Pitt was a sulking, dope-smoking loser during his marriage to Aniston, that wasn't his fault, it was hers – yeah, damn her and her wifely love and loyalty!
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