One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.’
- 1.1informal 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’.
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