wifely

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English wifly, wifli, from Old English wīflīc ‎(womanly, wifely), from Proto-Germanic *wībalīkaz ‎(wifely), equivalent to wife +‎ -ly. Cognate with Scots wyfelie ‎(womanly, wifely), Dutch wijflijk, German weiblich ‎(feminine, female).

Adjective[edit]

wifely ‎(comparative wifelier, superlative wifeliest)

  1. Of, befitting, pertaining to, or characteristic of a wife.
    • 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter XVII:
      I endeavoured to soothe. “You can't blame yourself.” “Yes, I can.” “It isn't your fault.” “I invited Wilbert Cream here.” “Merely from a wifely desire to do [your husband] a bit of good.”

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