UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈhaʊswaɪf/

US:USA pronuncation: IPAUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈhaʊsˌwaɪf/

US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(houswīf′ or, usually, huzif for 2)

Inflections of 'housewife' (nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.): nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors.": housewives
Inflections of 'housewife' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
v 3rd person singular
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
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Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
  1. she [makes, is] a good housewife
  2. just want a good housewife
  3. is a stay-at-home housewife
  4. is not your typical housewife
  5. is not the kind of woman to be a housewife
  6. image of the modern housewife
  7. a mother and a housewife
  8. women don't just have to be housewives
  9. you don't have to be just a housewife
  10. is [bored with, sick of, fed up with] being (just) a housewife
  11. takes pride in being a housewife
  12. other than a housewife, she's also (a business owner)
  13. not only a housewife, but also

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