Definitions

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

  • adjective Of, relating to, or suited to a housewife; domestic.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pertaining to or characteristic of a housewife; pertaining to the female management of a house; like a housewife; thrifty.
  • With the economy of a careful housewife.

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

  • adjective Pertaining or appropriate to a housewife; domestic; economical; prudent.

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

  • adjective In the manner of a housewife.

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

  • adjective related or suited to a housewife

Etymologies

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housewife +‎ -ly

Examples

  • Lady Bridget made no comment upon her husband's scant courtesy to his guest when she rejoined Maule after an hour or two spent in housewifely business.

    Lady Bridget in the Never-Never Land

  • Fisher trains her wit on the tyranny of the balanced meal and other housewifely conventions made more onerous by wartime rationing.

    The Romantical She

  • The fascinating question arose to Ms. Beauman: What were the housewifely ladies, such as the heroine of Noel Coward's Brief Encounter, reading when they were riding on the train to town for shopping?

    Archive 2009-01-01

  • The fascinating question arose to Ms. Beauman: What were the housewifely ladies, such as the heroine of Noel Coward's Brief Encounter, reading when they were riding on the train to town for shopping?

    Hats Off to Nicola Beauman and Persephone Books

  • The first one contains only one person: a tired, housewifely person who has just finished mopping the floor.

    Archive 2008-03-01

  • Dully, in a lifeless imitation of housewifely zeal, she stacked the plates and saucers.

    The Mistaken Wife

  • But Colin, in spite of all the empirical evidence about my housewifely skills, was trying to be nice.

    Christina Patterson: Thanks to the politicians, we're all 'hard-working' now

  • But, as I have been becoming more immersed in my housewifely role, I've begun to think how nice it would be to have on a pretty dress or skirt when my husband comes home from work.

    The Value of Clothing in Creating a Mood

  • Dully, in a lifeless imitation of housewifely zeal, she stacked the plates and saucers.

    The Mistaken Wife

  • The first one contains only one person: a tired, housewifely person who has just finished mopping the floor.

    Lost in Split

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