housewife, huswife (n.) Old form(s): huswife , Huswiues
[pron: 'huzif] hussy, wanton, minx
2H4 III.ii.306[Falstaff alone, of Shallow] 'A ... sung those tunes to the overscutched housewives that he heard the carmen whistle
AC IV.xv.44[Cleopatra to Antony] let me rail so high / That the false housewife Fortune break her wheel
H5 V.i.76[Pistol alone] Doth fortune play the housewife with me now?
Oth II.i.111[Iago to Emilia and Desdemona] you are ... housewives in your beds
Oth IV.i.94[Iago to himself] Now will I question Cassio of Bianca, / A housewife
TN I.iii.98[Sir Toby to Sir Andrew] I hope to see a huswife take thee between her legs [also: woman who keeps house]
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