better half


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better half

n. Informal
A person's spouse or romantic partner.

[Ultimately translation of such phrases in Latin poetry as animae dīmidium meae, half of my soul (referring to the poet's friend).]

better half

n
jocular one's spouse

bet′ter half′


n.
Informal. a person's spouse.
[1830–40]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.better half - a person's partner in marriagebetter half - a person's partner in marriage  
man and wife, married couple, marriage - two people who are married to each other; "his second marriage was happier than the first"; "a married couple without love"
bigamist - someone who marries one person while already legally married to another
consort - the husband or wife of a reigning monarch
domestic partner, significant other, spousal equivalent, spouse equivalent - a person (not necessarily a spouse) with whom you cohabit and share a long-term sexual relationship
helpmate, helpmeet - a helpful partner
hubby, husband, married man - a married man; a woman's partner in marriage
relative, relation - a person related by blood or marriage; "police are searching for relatives of the deceased"; "he has distant relations back in New Jersey"
monogamist, monogynist - someone who practices monogamy (one spouse at a time)
honeymooner, newlywed - someone recently married
polygamist - someone who is married to two or more people at the same time
married woman, wife - a married woman; a man's partner in marriage

better half

noun
Informal. A husband or wife:
Translations

better half

n (inf)bessere Hälfte (inf)
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The war to you is a thing of paper, an abstraction--that same war which has turned the better half of my beloved country into a lurid corner of hell.
Simpson, who was decidedly Abner's better half, took in washing and went out to do days' cleaning, and the town helped in the feeding and clothing of the children.
So we descended the hill to my small, old cottage, and shut ourselves up in the south-eastern room, where the sunshine comes in, warmly and brightly, through the better half of a winter's day.
Were you an ape, you would know that only a bull in the throes of madness will turn upon a female other than to gently chastise her, with the occasional exception of the individual whom we find exemplified among our own kind, and who delights in beating up his better half because she happens to be smaller and weaker than he.
Bumble was cunning enough; and he at once saw that an opportunity was opened, for the lucrative disposal of some secret in the possession of his better half.
Half of it's the past, and the better half, too, I should say," she added, turning to Mr.
He's rapidly regaining flesh since he lost his better half.
This seemed to sober the black for a moment as though he had temporarily forgotten his better half.
He is Gondrin's better half, so to speak, for the two have taken up house together.
In a letter he sent to Sheikh Salem Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah's better half, His Highness the Amir applauded her for being the recipient of WILPF's "Peace Women Award", in recognition of her decade's worth of contributions towards humanitarian causes.
KARACHI -- RawalpindiIslamabad Sports Journalists Association (RISJA) secretary Nasir Abbas Naqvi extended his deep condolences to former world squash champion Qamar Zaman Khan on the death of his better half.
As the New Year dawns upon us, allow me to introduce you to my soon to be better half.