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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 house·wife /ˈhaʊsˌwaɪf; ||ˈhʌzəf ||səf/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 House·wife n.
 1. The wife of a householder; the mistress of a family; the female head of a household.
    He a good husband, a good housewife she.   --Dryden.
 2.  A little case or bag for materials used in sewing, and for other articles of female work; -- called also hussy. [Written also huswife.]
 3. A hussy. [R.] [Usually written huswife.]
 Sailor's housewife, a ditty-bag.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 House·wife House·wive v. t. To manage with skill and economy, as a housewife or other female manager; to economize.
    Conferred those moneys on the nuns, which since they have well housewived.   --Fuller.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Hus·wife n.  [Written also housewife.]
 1. A female housekeeper; a woman who manages domestic affairs; a thirfty woman. “The bounteous huswife Nature.”
    The huswife is she that do labor doth fall.   --Tusser.
 2. A worthless woman; a hussy. [Obs.]
 3.  A case for sewing materials. See Housewife.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : a wife who who manages a household while her husband earns
          the family income [syn: homemaker, lady of the house,
           woman of the house]
      [also: housewives (pl)]