goodwife

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From Middle English goodwyf, godwyf, godwif, equivalent to good +‎ wife.

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goodwife (plural goodwives)

  1. (obsolete) A female head of a household.
    • 1886-88, Richard F. Burton, The Supplemental Nights to the Thousand Nights and a Night:
      "O my lord the Sultan," said the other [the Wazir], "verily women be weakly of wits, and haply this goodwife cometh hither to complain before thee against her goodman or some of her people."
  2. (obsolete) A title of respect for a woman.
    Goodwife Hopkins

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