Definition of husband in English:

husband

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Pronunciation: /ˈhʌzbənd
 
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noun

  • A married man considered in relation to his wife: she and her husband are both retired
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    • For one third of these newly married couples, husbands or wives were from the Chinese mainland.
    • One can no sooner be a citizen of two countries than a husband to two wives or a wife to two husbands.
    • My heart goes out to everyone, to all the husbands who have lost wives and wives who have lost husbands.
    Synonyms
    spouse, partner, mate, consort, man; groom, bridegroom
    informal hubby, old man, one's better half
    British informal other half
    humorous lord and master
    archaic helpmate, helpmeet

verb

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  • Use (resources) economically: she husbanded their financial resources through difficult times
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    • While some players were tapping deep into their reserves, those with pretensions to the title were husbanding their resources in preparation for the second week.
    • As gatekeepers, general practitioners are accustomed to husbanding the scarce resources of the NHS, and this might look like a logical extension of their role.
    • They have also argued that they are husbanding their energies and resources for the next general election.
    Synonyms
    use economically, use sparingly, economize on, be frugal with, manage thriftily; conserve, preserve, save, safeguard, save for a rainy day, put aside, put by, lay in, reserve, store, stockpile, hoard

Derivatives

husbander

noun ( • rare )
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  • With backgrounds in document management, librarianship, and archiving, the herders, hoarders, and husbanders of documents see these activities as the keys to managing knowledge.
  • A husbander, not a squanderer, of resources, which is a good attitude to have at the very beginning of a long, possibly endless, campaign.
  • Retiring in disposition, and a rigid husbander of time, Mr. Hall holds himself aloof from all literary societies, and has from the first persistently avoided all entanglement with cliques and coteries.

husbandhood

noun
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  • Any homosexual man who can persuade a woman to take him as her husband can avail himself of all the rights of husbandhood under the law.
  • Juggling fatherhood and husbandhood with editing and writing doubtless keeps you on your toes.
  • This is difficult to imagine, because his regular column writings on the delights of husbandhood and parenthood paint a picture of an enchanted, if idiosyncratic, domestic existence.

husbandless

adjective
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  • In this age of easy divorces a husbandless mother attracts little attention.
  • But that's not all, for now I am husbandless as well as pregnant.
  • A fatherless child and husbandless mother were looked down on greatly, and that was one reputation I did not seek for myself or for my child.

husbandly

adjective
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  • I told him it was his husbandly duty to go out with me sometimes, so I can show him off.
  • Following the meal, elders from the groom's family spoke to the bride about wifely duties, and elders from the bride's family told the groom about husbandly responsibilities.
  • She leaves their home, releasing him of all husbandly duties, and informing him that all the servants will do a better job of taking care of the house and children than she ever could.

Origin

late Old English (in the senses 'male head of a household' and 'manager, steward'), from Old Norse húsbóndi 'master of a house', from hús 'house' + bóndi 'occupier and tiller of the soil'. The original sense of the verb was 'till, cultivate'.

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