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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.
Johnson is a captivating character because she is courageously comfortable in her own skin at a time when we have been taught to believe that women were mostly mousy hausfraus.
Eastside Jews came on one day; Polish women brought their husbands on another; the independent German hausfraus picked their day; and the Belgians, who built a reputation as "close buyers, but good customers," had their day.
make you forget hausfraus steadily weaving, weaving.
Vignettes about borscht ("it's important to note that at some point in the last century Mennonite hausfraus began to substitute Campbell's tomato soup for beets," 112); Low German ("There's a Low German proverb .
The little pieces of shredded Palestinian children fall as lightly on the conscience of Europeans and Americans as the dust from the crematoria on the neat-as-a-pin flower boxes brushed off daily by German hausfraus living in the shadows of Dachau and Auschwitz.
When she was being marched up this long road in Germany to the concentration camp, she went through this middle-class farming area and the Hausfraus had just finished breakfast and were drying their saucers and cups, leaning over the fence watching these women in rags.
Get yourself some dumpy hausfraus for free is a line I've often heard.
And the signs of prosperity are all around, from the ubiquitous Mercedes to the contented middle-aged Hausfraus tucking into their mid-afternoon cream cakes and coffee in every pavement cafe.
This is great news for image consultants and make-over gurus who rely on forty-something hausfraus to turnfrom middle aged bobby soxer into a having-it-all 90s woman.
Someone with an existentialist, or perhaps even situationist, bent might divine in the numberless amateur paintings, produced by weary hausfraus and overworked-and-underpaid middle-management types on their one day off, the epidermal secretions of a desiccated suburban bourgeoisie, condemned t the hell of mini-malls, car pools, multiplexes, and Godard movies.
Sandra is not thrilled by this new arrangement; she's already had it up to here with the boys'-club atmosphere of skinhead society, wherein sidelined girlfriends already look like the depressed hausfraus they'll soon become.