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Of or befitting a wife.

wife′li·ness n.


(ˈwaɪf li)

adj. -li•er, -li•est.
of, like, or befitting a wife.
[before 900]
wife′li•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.wifely - befitting or characteristic of a wife
husbandly - befitting or characteristic of a husband


(o.f.) [ˈwaɪflɪ] ADJde esposa


adj wifely dutiesPflichten plals Ehefrau; wifely devotionHingabe feiner Ehefrau


[ˈwaɪflɪ] adjconiugale, di moglie
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To see the women expressing their liberal forgetfulness of my wifely misfortunes, and the men their amiable anxiety to encourage her husband; to hear the same set phrases repeated in every room--'So charmed to make your acquaintance, Mrs.
So Tarzan scolds them both and threatens Gunto with a taste of the death-bearing slivers if he abuses Tana further, and Tana, for her part, is compelled to promise better attention to her wifely duties.
He found at home the ease of his body and the peace of his conscience, together with Mrs Verloc's wifely attentions and Mrs Verloc's mother's deferential regard.
There was no use in trying to emancipate a wife who had not the dimmest notion that she was not free; and he had long since discovered that May's only use of the liberty she supposed herself to possess would be to lay it on the altar of her wifely adoration.
To a man under such circumstances, taking a wife is something more than a question of adornment, however highly he may rate this; and Lydgate was disposed to give it the first place among wifely functions.
Being a domestic man, John decidedly missed the wifely attentions he had been accustomed to receive, but as he adored his babies, he cheerfully relinquished his comfort for a time, supposing with masculine ignorance that peace would soon be restored.
For, as you may imagine, the wifely penetration was not to be deceived for any great length of time--the more so that the wife was older than the husband.
But that which was worth all the rest, she bred them up very religiously, being herself a very sober, pious woman, very house- wifely and clean, and very mannerly, and with good behaviour.
Juggling wifely duties with motherhood, first ladyship, with writing and a business to match, Nigeria's first lady, Aisha Buhari has set a standard for mothers, within and beyond Nigeria, on bringing respect to an exalted office, while still staying as fashionable as ever.
Then came McDougal, and more wifely passive-aggression followed: On Friday, Melania's office, citing a scheduling issue, announced she would drive alone to Andrews Air Force Base rather than helicopter there with her husband from the White House.
Young at heart, she was forced to perform wifely duties for a man who was three times her age.
Phiroozeh Petigara details the irony of becoming fascinated by her Pakistani heritage, only to be admonished by her Pakistani extended family for spending too much time writing and neglecting her wifely duties.