Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A housewife.

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  • noun Alternative capitalization of Hausfrau

Etymologies

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

[German : Haus, house (from Middle High German hūs, from Old High German) + Frau, wife; see Frau.]

Examples

  • He found the German woman not the mild and simple 'hausfrau' of folk lore, but a virile woman with a creed that the production of children was her first duty, not only to her husband and herself, but to her country.

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  • It would be deeply unpopular with the German "hausfrau"

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  • It would be deeply unpopular with the German "hausfrau"

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  • Or people who are horrified that now that you can get Thai green chillies in the supermarket, every hausfrau can cook up a curry.

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  • In this final chapter, he leaves contented hausfrau Brünnhilde at home as he pursues a knightly quest that takes him to the castle of the Gibich: Gunther, his sister, Gutrune, and their villainous half-brother Hagen, who concocts a plot to marry Gutrune to Siegfried by giving him a magic potion that will make him forget Brünnhilde and fall helplessly in love with her.

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  • Specifically, the ads she recently shot for Dolce & Gabbana, in which she does her best impression of a miserable, yet beautiful, hausfrau.

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  • January 22nd, 2010 at 5: 17 am drunken hausfrau anyone see Tom Toles today? pretty much says it all …

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  • Lena liked to give the pious hausfrau eyes, but, really, not so long ago she had been the family lark; it was a shame, Jesse felt, to witness the change.

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  • In this final chapter, he leaves contented hausfrau Brünnhilde at home as he pursues a knightly quest that takes him to the castle of the Gibich: Gunther, his sister, Gutrune, and their villainous half-brother Hagen, who concocts a plot to marry Gutrune to Siegfried by giving him a magic potion that will make him forget Brünnhilde and fall helplessly in love with her.

    Falling Into Wagner's Burning Ring of Fire

  • Lena liked to give the pious hausfrau eyes, but, really, not so long ago she had been the family lark; it was a shame, Jesse felt, to witness the change.

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  • I love the way the syllables rhyme. So much more satisfying than housewife.

    April 2, 2008

  • Strifewife?

    April 2, 2008

  • Random tidbit, the word hussy is derived from housewife, which used to be something like houswif.

    April 2, 2008

  • Katie Luther was the best hausfrau.

    December 10, 2017