house•wifePronunciation: (hous'wīf" or, usually, huz'if for 2), [key]
—n., pl. -wivesPronunciation: (-wīvz"), [key]
—v., -wifed, -wif•ing.
a married woman who manages her own household, esp. as her principal occupation.
a sewing box; a small case or box for needles, thread, etc.
to manage with efficiency and economy, as a household.
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