Definitions

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

  • noun A married woman who manages the household as her main occupation and whose spouse usually earns the family income.
  • noun A small container for needles, thread, and other sewing equipment.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The mistress of a family; the wife of a householder; a female manager of domestic affairs.
  • To manage like a housewife, or with skill and thrift; economize.
  • noun A case for pins, needles, thread, scissors, etc.: same as hussy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The wife of a householder; the mistress of a family; the female head of a household.
  • noun A little case or bag for materials used in sewing, and for other articles of female work; -- called also hussy.
  • noun rare A hussy.
  • noun a ditty-bag.
  • transitive verb To manage with skill and economy, as a housewife or other female manager; to economize.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The wife of a householder; the mistress of a family; the female head of a household.
  • noun A little case or bag for materials used in sewing, and for other articles of female work; – called also hussy.
  • verb Alternative form of housewive.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a wife who manages a household while her husband earns the family income

Etymologies

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

[Middle English houswif : hous, house; see house + wif, wife; see wife.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

house +‎ wife

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  • Usually /ˈhʌzɪf/ for “a small container for needles, thread, and other sewing equipment.” (Sources: Heritage and Random House.)

    September 22, 2010

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