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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 ?
Why don't you say you'd have a splendid, wise, good husband and some angelic little children?
Her husband was with her and when the tooth was taken out they both screamed and blood ran down on the woman's white dress.
Why, Father," and she looked at her husband, "that's where Professor Beecher is going, isn't it?
Looking at them reminded her of her rings, which she had given to her husband before leaving for the beach.
Lorry gave her of her husband, and clasped the hand that delivered his note--little thinking what it had been doing near him in the night, and might, but for a chance, have done to him.
When her husband next went away for one day, she told on slave to turn under the bird's cage a hand-mill; another to throw water down from above the cage, and a third to take a mirror and turn it in front of its eyes, from left to right by the light of a candle.
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.
I don't understand you, husband," said she, "and I don't know what you mean by saying you would be glad, if it were God's will, not to be well pleased; for, fool as I am, I don't know how one can find pleasure in not having it.
I have actually known a case where a Woman has exterminated her whole household, and half an hour afterwards, when her rage was over and the fragments swept away, has asked what has become of her husband and her children.
It is one of the best bonds, both of chastity and obedience, in the wife, if she think her husband wise; which she will never do, if she find him jealous.
We discover the latter in changed conditions; instead of a bride with boxes and trunks which others bore, we see her a lonely woman with a basket and a bundle in her own porterage, as at an earlier time when she was no bride; instead of the ample means that were projected by her husband for her comfort through this probationary period, she can produce only a flattened purse.
In this group Helene, as soon as she had settled in Petersburg with her husband, took a very prominent place.