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hus·band

 (hŭz′bənd)
n.
1. A man joined to another person in marriage; a male spouse.
2. Chiefly British A manager or steward, as of a household.
3. Archaic A prudent, thrifty manager.
tr.v. hus·band·ed, hus·band·ing, hus·bands
1. To use sparingly or economically; conserve: husband one's energy.
2. Archaic To become a husband to.

[Middle English huseband, from Old English hūsbōnda, from Old Norse hūsbōndi : hūs, house + bōndi, būandi, householder, present participle of būa, to dwell; see bheuə- in Indo-European roots.]
Word History: The English word husband, even though it is a basic kinship term, is not a native English word. It comes ultimately from the Old Norse word hūsbōndi, meaning "master of a house," which was borrowed into Old English as hūsbōnda. The second element in hūsbōndi, bōndi, means "a man who has land and stock" and comes from the Old Norse verb būa, meaning "to live, dwell, have a household." The master of the house was usually a spouse as well, of course, and it would seem that the main modern sense of husband arises from this overlap. When the Norsemen settled in Anglo-Saxon England, they would often take Anglo-Saxon women as their wives; it was then natural to refer to the husband using the Norse word for the concept, and to refer to the wife with her Anglo-Saxon (Old English) designation, wīf, "woman, wife" (Modern English wife). Interestingly, Old English did have a feminine word related to Old Norse hūsbōndi that meant "mistress of a house," namely, hūsbonde. Had this word survived into Modern English, it would have sounded identical to husband—surely leading to ambiguities.

husband

(ˈhʌzbənd)
n
1. one's (male) partner in marriage; a married man
2. archaic
a. a manager of an estate
b. a frugal person
vb
3. to manage or use (resources, finances, etc) thriftily
4. archaic
a. (tr) to find a husband for
b. to marry (a man)
5. (tr) obsolete to till (the soil)
[Old English hūsbonda, from Old Norse hūsbōndi, from hūs house + bōndi one who has a household, from bōa to dwell]
ˈhusbander n
ˈhusbandless adj

hus•band

(ˈhʌz bənd)

n., v. -band•ed, -band•ing. n.
1. a married man, esp. when considered in relation to his wife.
2. Archaic. a prudent or frugal manager.
v.t.
3. to manage, esp. with economy.
4. to use frugally; conserve; store: to husband one's resources.
5. Archaic.
a. to be or become a husband to; marry.
b. to find a husband for.
[before 1000; Middle English; Old English hūsbonda master of the house < Old Norse hūsbōndi=hūs house + bōndi <*bōandi, orig. n. use of present participle of būa to dwell (compare boor)]
hus′band•er, n.
hus′band•less, adj.
hus′band•ly, adj.

husband


Past participle: husbanded
Gerund: husbanding

Imperative
husband
husband
Present
I husband
you husband
he/she/it husbands
we husband
you husband
they husband
Preterite
I husbanded
you husbanded
he/she/it husbanded
we husbanded
you husbanded
they husbanded
Present Continuous
I am husbanding
you are husbanding
he/she/it is husbanding
we are husbanding
you are husbanding
they are husbanding
Present Perfect
I have husbanded
you have husbanded
he/she/it has husbanded
we have husbanded
you have husbanded
they have husbanded
Past Continuous
I was husbanding
you were husbanding
he/she/it was husbanding
we were husbanding
you were husbanding
they were husbanding
Past Perfect
I had husbanded
you had husbanded
he/she/it had husbanded
we had husbanded
you had husbanded
they had husbanded
Future
I will husband
you will husband
he/she/it will husband
we will husband
you will husband
they will husband
Future Perfect
I will have husbanded
you will have husbanded
he/she/it will have husbanded
we will have husbanded
you will have husbanded
they will have husbanded
Future Continuous
I will be husbanding
you will be husbanding
he/she/it will be husbanding
we will be husbanding
you will be husbanding
they will be husbanding
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been husbanding
you have been husbanding
he/she/it has been husbanding
we have been husbanding
you have been husbanding
they have been husbanding
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been husbanding
you will have been husbanding
he/she/it will have been husbanding
we will have been husbanding
you will have been husbanding
they will have been husbanding
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been husbanding
you had been husbanding
he/she/it had been husbanding
we had been husbanding
you had been husbanding
they had been husbanding
Conditional
I would husband
you would husband
he/she/it would husband
we would husband
you would husband
they would husband
Past Conditional
I would have husbanded
you would have husbanded
he/she/it would have husbanded
we would have husbanded
you would have husbanded
they would have husbanded
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.husband - a married manhusband - a married man; a woman's partner in marriage
benedick, benedict - a newly married man (especially one who has long been a bachelor)
cuckold - a man whose wife committed adultery
family man - a man whose family is of major importance in his life
house husband, househusband - a husband who keeps house while his wife earns the family income
better half, married person, partner, spouse, mate - a person's partner in marriage
uxoricide - a husband who murders his wife
married woman, wife - a married woman; a man's partner in marriage
Verb1.husband - use cautiously and frugally; "I try to economize my spare time"; "conserve your energy for the ascent to the summit"
save, preserve - to keep up and reserve for personal or special use; "She saved the old family photographs in a drawer"
retrench - tighten one's belt; use resources carefully

husband

noun
1. partner, man (informal), spouse, hubby (informal), mate, old man (informal), bridegroom, significant other (U.S. informal), better half (humorous), squeeze (informal), bidie-in (Scot.) Eva married her husband Jack in 1957.
verb
1. conserve, budget, use sparingly, save, store, hoard, economize on, use economically, manage thriftily Husbanding precious resources was part of rural life.
conserve spend, squander, splash out (informal, chiefly Brit.), fritter away, be extravagant
Quotations
"Thy husband is thy lord, thy life, thy keeper,"
"Thy head, thy sovereign; one that cares for thee,"
"And for thy maintenance commits his body"
"To painful labour both by sea and land" [William Shakespeare The Taming of the Shrew]
"An archaeologist is the best husband any woman can have; the older she gets, the more interested he is in her" [Agatha Christie]
"Being a husband is a full-time job. That is why so many husbands fail. They cannot give their entire attention to it" [Arnold Bennett The Title]
"An early-rising man ... a good spouse but a bad husband" [Gabriel García Márquez In Evil Hour]
"A husband is what is left of the lover after the nerve has been extracted" [Helen Rowland A Guide to Men] [Honoré de Balzac The Physiology of Marriage]

husband

verb
To protect (an asset) from loss or destruction:
Translations
زوجزَوْجزَوْجٌيَقْتَصِد في اسْتِعمال، يَدَّخِر
мъжсъпруг
marit
manželmužhospodařit
mandægtemandhusbondøkonomisere
edzo
شوهر
aviomiesmies
पति
mužsuprug
férjjól gazdálkodik
maritosponsosposo
suami
eiginmaðureiginmaîurtreina; halda vel á
旦那主人
남편
maritus
gyvulininkystėpagalvėlėsutuoktinistausotivyras
laulāts draugssaglabātvīrs
soţ
hospodáriťmanželmuž
soprogmož
mužsuprugмужсупруг
manmake
mume
สามี
kocatasarruflu kullanmakidare etmek
чоловік
شوہر
chồng

husband

[ˈhʌzbənd]
A. Nmarido m, esposo m
B. VT [+ resources] → administrar bien, gestionar bien
you must husband your strengthdebes dosificar tus fuerzas

husband

[ˈhʌzbənd]
nmari m
vt (= conserve) → bien gérer

husband

nEhemann m; my/her etc husbandmein/ihr etc Mann; give my best wishes to your husbandgrüßen Sie Ihren Mann or Gatten (form)von mir; husband and wifeMann und Frau; they are husband and wifesie sind Eheleute or verheiratet
vt strength, resourceshaushalten or Haus halten mit, sparsam umgehen mit

husband

[ˈhʌzbənd]
1. nmarito
2. vtdosare
to husband one's resources → misurare le proprie risorse

husband

(ˈhazbənd) noun
a man to whom a woman is married.
verb
to spend or use carefully, a little at a time. He needs to husband his strength.
ˈhusbandry noun
management, especially of a farm or animals.

husband

زَوْجٌ manžel mand Ehemann σύζυγος marido aviomies mari muž marito 남편 echtgenoot ektemann mąż marido муж man สามี koca chồng 丈夫

husband

n. esposo, marido.

husband

n esposo, marido
References in classic literature ?
That happened only when, as was the case that day, her husband returned home, or a sick child was convalescent, or when she and Countess Mary spoke of Prince Andrew (she never mentioned him to her husband, who she imagined was jealous of Prince Andrew's memory), or on the rare occasions when something happened to induce her to sing, a practice she had quite abandoned since her marriage.
He knew that she had a husband, but had hardly believed in his existence, and only now fully believed in him, with his head and shoulders, and his legs clad in black trousers; especially when he saw this husband calmly take her arm with a sense of property.
My husband, to give him his due, was a man of infinite good nature, but he was no fool; and finding his income not suited to the manner of living which he had intended, if I had brought him what he expected, and being under a disappointment in his return of his plantations in Virginia, he discovered many times his inclination of going over to Virginia, to live upon his own; and often would be magnifying the way of living there, how cheap, how plentiful, how pleasant, and the like.
In the second place, both husband and wife interested us the moment we set eyes on them.
As I wanted a trial scene in the Old Bailey, I chose the period of 1700 for my purpose; but being shamefully ignorant of my subject, and my husband confessing to little more knowledge than I possessed, a London bookseller was commissioned to send us everything he could procure bearing on Old Bailey trials.
The rest I gave to my husband to put into the bank against the time when he wanted it to set up in business for himself.
There is another custom amongst them yet more extraordinary, which is, that the wife is punished whenever the husband proves false to the marriage contract; this punishment indeed extends no farther than a pecuniary mulct, and what seems more equitable, the husband is obliged to pay a sum of money to his wife.
My good lady, you don't really believe that your husband is dead?
For the reasons mentioned in the preceding chapter, and from some other matrimonial concessions, well known to most husbands, and which, like the secrets of freemasonry, should be divulged to none who are not members of that honourable fraternity, Mrs Partridge was pretty well satisfied that she had condemned her husband without cause, and endeavoured by acts of kindness to make him amends for her false suspicion.
She was always trying to be what her husband wished, and never able to repose on his delight in what she was.
My heart sank a little, dearly as I loved my husband, when I had seen the last of the true friend and protector of my maiden days.
It was on a May day, and I saw Mary accompany her husband as far as the first crossing, whence she waved him out of sight as if he had boarded an Atlantic-liner.