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  • noun Plural form of goodwife.


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  • At this hour the place should have been crowded with people buying their daily bread and goodwives bringing their own loaves to bake in the communal ovens for a penny.


  • My appearance would have frightened the goodwives or the children who might have happened upon me, probably most of the men as well.

    Father Swarat

  • Can you forget these are men that have goodwives and children at home?

    Peer Gynt

  • Can you forget these are men that have goodwives and children at home?

    Peer Gynt

  • The goodwives who passed took him at first for Beelzebub; then they recognized

    Les Miserables

  • In the dimness the men were rather solemn and foolish, but the goodwives quivered and adored as they sat about the table.


  • The jars were not so large as to overburden any of them when, after just delay for exchange of gossip, the girls and goodwives put them on their heads and marched erectly away with them, each beautifully picturesque irrespective of her age or looks.

    Familiar Spanish Travels

  • Buddlecombe was all a-twitter and agog: the affair was discussed over counters by tradesmen and goodwives; at mahogany dinner-tables; in the oaken settles of inns.

    The Way Home

  • “Why did the girls accuse the goodwives of the town of seeing the Devil?”

    Salem Falls

  • As Nefer's chariot sped through the streets of Thebes with Mintaka on the footplate as his lance-bearer, her dark hair flowing in the wind like a banner, the goodwives ran out of their houses and the men paused from their labours to shout greetings and good wishes.



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