Definition of childwife in English:

childwife

noun

  • 1A midwife. rare (now historical).

  • 2A woman in labour, or who has recently given birth. Now rare (literary and historical).

  • 3Chiefly in form child-wife. A wife who is still a child; a very young wife.

Origin

Late Middle English; earliest use found in John Trevisa (c1342–?1402), translator. From child + wife.

Pronunciation

childwife

/ˈtʃʌɪldwʌɪf/