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huswife, housewife (“hous(e)-” in Ff thrice, in Qq once Oth. II. i. 112)
1. woman who manages a household (freq.); applied to Fortune, Nature AYL. I. ii. 35 “the good Fortune,” Tim. IV. iii. 426 “The bounteous , Nature.”
2. light woman, hussy 2H4 III. ii. 344 “the over scutched huswives,” H5 V. i. 85, Oth. II. i. 112, IV. i. 95, Ant. IV. xiii. [xv.] 44 “the false Fortune.”
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