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Husband, subst. 1) one who keeps house: “you will turn good h. now, you will keep the house,” Meas. III, 2, 74.
2) one careful and economical: “while I play the good h. at home, my son and my servant spend all,” Shr. V, 1, 71. “in that I deem you an ill h.” H8 III, 2, 142.
3) a husbandman, a tiller of the ground: “this Davy serves you for good uses; he is your servingman and your h.” H4B V, 3, 12.
4) the correlative to wife, a man contracted or married to a woman: Sonn. 93, 2. Tp. III, 1, 87. V, 209. Wiv. I, 3, 59. II, 1, 103. II, 2, 85. II, 2, 85 Meas. II, 1, 210. III, 1, 231. Err. II, 1, 1. Err. II, 1, 1 Err. II, 1, 1 II, 2, 137. III, 2, 2. Ado II, 1, 333 etc. With to: “one string, sweet h. to another,” Sonn. 8, 9. to turn h. == to marry, Ado I, 1, 196. Benedick is not the unhopefulest h. that I “know,” II, 1, 393 (== most unhopeful in point of marriage). Often used vocatively: Wiv. IV, 2, 189. V, 5, 111. V, 5, 111 Err. II, 2, 121. Err. II, 2, 121 209 etc. but not, it should seem, among persons of rank: “are you my wife and will not call me h.?” Shr. Ind. 2, 106; except to give the speech a tone of peculiar tenderness and affection: John III, 1, 305. John III, 1, 305 R2 V, 2, 107. Cor. V, 3, 37. Rom. III, 1, 152. Ant. V, 2, 290. Cymb. I, 1, 85.
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