goodwife [goo d-wahyf] ExamplesWord Origin noun, plural good·wives [goo d-wahyvz] /ˈgʊdˌwaɪvz/.
- Chiefly Scot. the mistress of a household.
- (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, Examples from the Web for goodwife Historical Examples of goodwife
Aweel, and I trust he is not at his auld tricks again, goodwife?
Sir Walter Scott
There was also present Goodwife Corey, who was subsequently arrested for a witch.
John R. Musick
Here he found the goodwife of the house ‘sitting on a bink.’
A. F. Murison
Goodwife Tinker was to look to me to-day; I felt very well this morning.
Beulah Marie Dix
Goodwife Smyth (then a servant there) sayeth she beleeves she was borne 14 of Aprill.
British Dictionary definitions for goodwife goodwife noun plural -wives archaic
- the mistress of a household
- a woman not of gentle birth: used as a title