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A married man who manages the household as his main occupation and whose spouse usually earns the family income.

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(Sociology) a married man who keeps house, usually without having paid employment
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(ˈhaʊsˌhʌz bənd)

a married man who stays at home to manage the household while his wife goes out to work.
[1965–70; house (wife) + husband]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.househusband - a husband who keeps house while his wife earns the family incomehousehusband - a husband who keeps house while his wife earns the family income
hubby, husband, married man - a married man; a woman's partner in marriage
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house husband [ˈhaʊshʌzbənd] nhomme m au foyer
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