housewife early 13c., husewif, "woman, usually married, in charge of a family or household" (Cf. husebonde; see HUSBAND (Cf. husband)), from huse "house" (see HOUSE (Cf. house) (n.)) + wif "woman" (see WIFE (Cf. wife)). Also see HUSSY (Cf. hussy). Related: Housewifely.

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