/hows"wuyf'/ or, usually, /huz"if/ for 2, n., pl. housewives /-wuyvz'/, v., housewifed, housewifing.
1. a married woman who manages her own household, esp. as her principal occupation.
2. Brit. a sewing box; a small case or box for needles, thread, etc.
v.t., v.i.
3. Archaic. to manage with efficiency and economy, as a household.
[1175-1225; ME hus(e)wif. See HOUSE, WIFE]
Usage. 1. HOUSEWIFE is offensive to some, perhaps because of an implied contrast with career woman (just a housewife) and perhaps because it defines an occupation in terms of a woman's relation to a man. Homemaker is a common substitute.

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