From Middle English wifhode, wifhod, wifhede, from Old English wīfhād (“femininity; the female sex”), equivalent to wife + -hood.
wifehood (usually uncountable, plural wifehoods)
- The quality or state of being a wife.
- The character or behaviour that befits a good wife; wifeliness.
- 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, IV.5:
- That girdle gave the vertue of chast love, / And wivehood true, to all that did it beare […].