Definition of goodwife in English:

goodwife

noun

Scottish
archaic
  • The female head of a household.

    • ‘A later purchaser was ‘George Nicoll,’ who bought it from a goodwife (whose name is illegible) for 6d.’
    • ‘Farmers and artisans, goodwives and slaves - ‘the people most exposed to fortune's slings and arrows’ - adhered to an ‘ethic of fortune’ that violated Protestant orthodoxy.’
    • ‘He accused goodwife Elizabeth Gregory of bewitching his daughter.’
    • ‘As Callan looked at her, she realised how tired and overworked the goodwife was, and - although she had never noticed this before - how old.’
    • ‘She wanted to go see goodwife Eithne's new baby, so I let her go.’

Pronunciation

goodwife

/ˈɡʊdwʌɪf/