Definition of hausfrau in US English:



  • 1A German housewife.

    • ‘The production won two Dora Mavor Moore Awards - Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Performance for Marianne Copithorne's portrayal of Fritzi, the hausfrau driven to dance the tarantella.’
    • ‘One, Felice, is active in the Jewish resistance; another is a German hausfrau (Juliane Köhler); and the third is effectively the catalyst, who inadvertently brings them together.’
    1. 1.1informal A woman regarded as overly domesticated or efficient.
      ‘a hausfrau from upstate New York’
      ‘it's not that she's much of a hausfrau or hoover-wielder’
      • ‘She packs on another 60 pounds, dresses like a hausfrau, and now silently resents the love of her life for not sharing her passion for light radio hits.’
      • ‘Wouldn't you rather stay here with me than go home to that… hausfrau?’
      • ‘Over on the saner side of town, Richard has had it up to here with his henpecking hausfrau.’
      • ‘Regardless, we witness the former queen of Naboo become little more than a fretful hausfrau.’
      • ‘Instead, she leaves the flirting and drunken karaoke to her hausfrau pals, Maureen and Carol, who of course have domestic problems of their own.’


Late 18th century: from German, from Haus ‘house’ + Frau ‘woman, wife’.