—n. 1. a woman joined in marriage to a man; a woman considered in relation to her husband; spouse.
2. a woman (archaic or dial., except in idioms): old wives' tale. 3. take to wife, to marry (a particular woman): He took an heiress to wife.
—v.i., v.t. Rare.wive.
a combining form of wife, now unproductive, occurring in compound words that in general designate traditional roles or occupations of women: fishwife; goodwife; housewife; midwife.