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

house′wife′li·ness n.


prudent and neat; domestic: housewifely virtues.
ˈhouseˌwifeliness n


(ˈhaʊsˌwaɪf li)

of, like, or befitting a housewife.
house′wife`li•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.housewifely - related or suited to a housewife; "housewifely virtues"
domestic - of or involving the home or family; "domestic worries"; "domestic happiness"; "they share the domestic chores"; "everything sounded very peaceful and domestic"; "an author of blood-and-thunder novels yet quite domestic in his taste"


[ˈhaʊswaɪflɪ] ADJdoméstico


[ˈhaʊsˌwaɪflɪ] adjdella massaia or casalinga
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Her older sister, Margaret, was matronly and dignified, probably from having assumed matronly and housewifely responsibilities too early in life, their mother having died when they were quite young, Margaret was not effusive; she was practical.
She had put some order into the drawing-room by now, her housewifely instincts having got the better of her dismay; and it no longer bore that deserted look, like a furnished house long to let, which I had noticed on my first visit after the catastrophe.
I bustled about in quite housewifely fashion, procuring soothing lotions for her sunburn, raiding Wolf Larsen's private stores for a bottle of port I knew to be there, and directing Thomas Mugridge in the preparation of the spare state- room.
Anne's first Christmas dinner was a great success and she beamed with housewifely pride.
She was a housewifely little creature, and helped Hannah keep home neat and comfortable for the workers, never thinking of any reward but to be loved.
Palfrey, regarding the matter in a housewifely light.
was a domestic man, and admired housewifely accomplishments.
The character of that man I have given already; and as for the maid, she was a very honest, modest, sober, and religious young woman: had a very good share of sense, was agreeable enough in her person, spoke very handsomely and to the purpose, always with decency and good manners, and was neither too backward to speak when requisite, nor impertinently forward when it was not her business; very handy and housewifely, and an excellent manager; fit, indeed, to have been governess to the whole island; and she knew very well how to behave in every respect.
And she produced from her pocket a most housewifely bunch of keys, and delivered them to the servant.
While she was thinking what to say, Marie gradually wiped away her tears, and smoothed her plumage in a general sort of way, as a dove might be supposed to make toilet after a shower, and began a housewifely chat with Miss Ophelia, concerning cupboards, closets, linen-presses, store-rooms, and other matters, of which the latter was, by common understanding, to assume the direction, --giving her so many cautious directions and charges, that a head less systematic and business-like than Miss Ophelia's would have been utterly dizzied and confounded.
As to the scene he had made (which I judged quite unnecessary) he was not going to inconvenience and restrain himself for a fellow that went about courting and upsetting girls' heads, while he knew all the time that no decent housewifely girl could think of mar rying him.
His ideal could be not unfairly summed up in the old housewifely maxim 'A place for everything, and everything in its (right) place'.