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A housewife.

[German : Haus, house (from Middle High German hūs, from Old High German) + Frau, wife; see Frau.]


(Sociology) a German housewife
[German, from Haus house + Frau woman, wife]


(ˈhaʊsˌwaɪf or, usu., ˈhʌz ɪf for 2 )

n., pl. -wives (-ˌwaɪvz or, usu., -ɪfs or -ɪvz for 2 )
1. a married woman who manages her own household, esp. as her principal occupation.
2. Brit. a small case for sewing articles.
house′wif`ey, adj.
usage: housewife is regarded by some as offensive, perhaps because it implies a lowly status or perhaps because it defines a woman's occupation in relation to a man. Homemaker is a common substitute.


A German word meaning a housewife.
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Civilisation has done away with curl-papers, yet at that hour the soul of the Hausfrau is as tightly screwed up in them as was ever her grandmother's hair; and though my body comes down mechanically, having been trained that way by punctual parents, my soul never thinks of beginning to wake up for other people till lunch-time, and never does so completely till it has been taken out of doors and aired in the sunshine.
Indeed, the expectation at the time was that women would relinquish employment upon marrying, thus rendering Ma's ability to sign the contract with Bernhardi--particularly as an exotic dancer--somewhat problematic were she a typical hausfrau.
Reading between the lines of his recollection, the likelihood is that he was rebuffed less by the ever courteous Beerbohm than by the second Lady Beerbohm, nee Elisabeth Jungmann: a former secretary to the aged dramatist Gerhard Hauptmann and an implacable Hausfrau of Silesian-Jewish origins, one who pretty much owed her survival after 1933 to her Tough Mudder temperament.
In an age of superficial, image-obsessed celebrity there is a lot to be said for boring politicians - just look at Germany's Hausfrau Angela Merkel - particularly if they exude calm and an air of solid competence.
In the novel, insurance agent Walter Neff knows the instant that hausfrau Phyllis brings up accidental death insurance she plans to commit murder, just as Gavin smells a rat in "Hand Upon the Waters," though the policy itself is legitimate.
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Hairspray (1988), perhaps Waters' biggest mainstream hit, starred Divine as the overweight hausfrau Edna Turnblad, along with Ricki Lake, Sonny Bono, and Debbie Harry.
To people who knew her, Garbo was the living embodiment of a German hausfrau (though she was in fact Swedish)--completely lacking in glamour or even the desire for glamour.
While Rumney's Jewish philosopher is the comic relief and mischievous star delight of Giles Croft's production - which comes complete with incredible Antiques Roadshow style set from Dawn Allsop - Claxton's repressed hausfrau is the engine of avarice.
7) Gunilla-Frederike Budde, "Des Haushalts, schonster Schmuck: Die Hausfrau als Konsumexpertin des deutschen und englischen Burgertums im 19.
Der Verfasser dieses Artikel teilte sich eine Pizza aux 5 Legumes mit einer Hausfrau und einem Universitatsstudenten.
By coincidence, the same fate befell Mozart's Constanza; anyone who has a mental picture of Wolfgang and Constanza as lovers forever young should brace themselves for an image of an elderly Hausfrau with a likeness to a Queen Victoria distinctly unamused.