goodwife


goodwife

goodwife [goo d-wahyf] ExamplesWord Origin noun, plural good·wives [goo d-wahyvz] /ˈgʊdˌwaɪvz/.

  1. Chiefly Scot. the mistress of a household.
  2. (initial capital letter) Archaic. a title of respect for a woman.

Origin of goodwife Middle English word dating back to 1275–1325; see origin at good, wife Examples from the Web for goodwife Historical Examples of goodwife

  • Aweel, and I trust he is not at his auld tricks again, goodwife?

    St. Ronan’s Well

    Sir Walter Scott

  • There was also present Goodwife Corey, who was subsequently arrested for a witch.

    The Witch of Salem

    John R. Musick

  • Here he found the goodwife of the house ‘sitting on a bink.’

    King Robert the Bruce

    A. F. Murison

  • Goodwife Tinker was to look to me to-day; I felt very well this morning.

    Soldier Rigdale

    Beulah Marie Dix

  • Goodwife Smyth (then a servant there) sayeth she beleeves she was borne 14 of Aprill.

    Brief Lives (Vol. 2 of 2)

    John Aubrey

  • British Dictionary definitions for goodwife goodwife noun plural -wives archaic

    1. the mistress of a household
    2. a woman not of gentle birth: used as a title

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