From wife + -el + -kin, a double diminutive.
wifelkin (plural wifelkins)
- (archaic, diminutive, affectionate) A wife.
- 1851, George Henry Borrow, Lavengro the Scholar, the Gypsy, the Priest, page 46:
- 'I say, wifelkin,' said he, in a faltering tone, 'did you ever see the like of this here?'