housewifery

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From housewife +‎ -ry.

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housewifery (uncountable)

  1. The state or activity of being a housewife; household management, domestic skills. [from 15th c.]
    • 1918, Rebecca West, The Return of the Soldier, Virago 2014, p. 39:
      ‘How you've forgotten,’ she cried, and ran up to him, rattling her keys and looking grave with housewifery […].
  2. (obsolete) Household goods. [16th-19th c.]

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