Goodwife, an appellation applied to women as goodman to men, gossip: “good morrow, g.” Wiv. II, 2, 36 (M. Edd. not hyphened). “did not g. Keech, the butcher's wife, come in then . . .?” H4B II, 1, 101.
Shakespeare Lexicon. Alexander Schmidt. Berlin. Georg Reimer. 1902.
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