wif

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Alteration of with.

Pronunciation[edit]

Preposition[edit]

wif

  1. (informal, dialectal, nonstandard) with
    • 1998, Ted Shine, Contributions, →ISBN, page 31:
      That's what I mo' wear wif my shoes.
    • 2000, Jan King, It'a A Girl Thing: The Hilarious Truth About Women, →ISBN, page 161:
      I been at the gym gettin' down wif my peeps.
    • 2002, Stan Hayes, The Rough English Equivalent, →ISBN, page 324:
      If I don' have no problem wif my high school test?

Anagrams[edit]


Mapudungun[edit]

Adjective[edit]

wif (using Raguileo Alphabet)

  1. long
  2. straight

Adverb[edit]

wif (using Raguileo Alphabet)

  1. directly

Noun[edit]

wif (using Raguileo Alphabet)

  1. irrigation ditch

References[edit]

  • Wixaleyiñ: Mapucezugun-wigkazugun pici hemvlcijka (Wixaleyiñ: Small Mapudungun-Spanish dictionary), Beretta, Marta; Cañumil, Dario; Cañumil, Tulio, 2008.

Middle English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old English wīf, from Proto-Germanic *wībą.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

wif (plural wifes or wives or wive)

  1. woman, female human
  2. wife, female spouse
    • ca. 1380: It cam in cuppemele — this craft my wif used! — William Langland, Piers Plowman
    • ca. 1380, — Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales, The Merchant's Tale
      That in a morwe unto this May saith he
      Rys up, my wif, my love, my lady fre
  3. The leading woman of a household; a matriarch.
  4. A female animal, especially one mating.
  5. A concubine.

Descendants[edit]

References[edit]


Old English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *wībą, of uncertain origin. Cognate with Old Frisian wīf (West Frisian wiif), Old Saxon wīf (Low German Wief), Old Dutch wīf (Dutch wijf), Old High German wīb (German Weib), Old Norse víf (Swedish viv). Tocharian B kwīpe, Tocharian A kip (vagina), Polish kiep and Albanian cipë (sense of shame, membrane) may be cognates, suggesting a Proto-Indo-European *gʰwih₂bʰ-.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

wīf n

  1. woman
  2. wife

Usage notes[edit]

  • Since wīf is a grammatically neuter noun, all preceding articles, determiners, and adjectives take neuter forms: þæt ealde wīf ("the old woman").
  • However, pronouns referring back to wīf are almost always feminine: Ġesiehst þū þæt wīf sēo þǣr stent? Canst þū hīe? ("Do you see the woman who is standing there? Do you know her?"). This is similar to the situation of mæġden (girl), which is neuter, and wīfmann (woman), which is masculine.

Declension[edit]

Antonyms[edit]

  • wer (with respect to gender)

Derived terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]


Old Frisian[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *wībą, of uncertain origin.

Noun[edit]

wīf n

  1. woman

West Frisian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

wif

  1. shaky
  2. impermanent
  3. fickle, indecisive

Inflection[edit]

Inflection of wif
uninflected wif
inflected wiffe
comparative wiffer
positive comparative superlative
predicative/adverbial wif wiffer it wifst
it wifste
indefinite c. sing. wiffe wiffere wifste
n. sing. wif wiffer wifste
plural wiffe wiffere wifste
definite wiffe wiffere wifste
partitive wifs wiffers

Further reading[edit]

  • wif”, in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal (in Dutch), 2011