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

  • adjective Of or befitting a wife.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pertaining to or befitting a wife; like a wife.

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

  • adjective Becoming or life; of or pertaining to a wife.

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

  • adjective Of, befitting, pertaining to, or characteristic of a wife.

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

  • adjective befitting or characteristic of a wife


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  • Having the character befitting a wife; such as a wife should be. Hence wifelihead (or wivelihead), wifeliness, wifely character or quality.

    October 9, 2007

  • Both husbandly and wifely look very awkward to me. But there's no better on the horizon ... spousely (no, it's not a herb), partnerly (thanks for the Bridge night), consortly (yuck, you can I tell just made that up) ... and daylight.

    May 31, 2008