One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Characteristic of or befitting a husbandman; characteristic of good husbandry; frugal, thrifty, provident. Now rare.
2Characteristic of, befitting, or resembling a husband.
In a manner resembling that of a husband; like a husband. Formerly also: †frugally, thriftily (obsolete). Now rare.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Nicholas Udall (1504–1556), schoolmaster and playwright. From husband + -like.
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