Definition of the little woman in US English:

the little woman


  • A condescending way of referring to a man's wife.

    • ‘Mel's birthday was the next day and what did Antonio get his little woman?’
    • ‘Sadly, that's not quite the view of some of the dinosaurs in the business world, who still seem to rate top management material according to the credentials of the little woman who irons his shirts and decorates his arm at corporate dinners.’
    • ‘Of course, Sabitha could have been a stay-at-home, following her husband around the State wherever his posting took him, minding the children - a daughter and son - and being the little woman.’
    • ‘Sorry the little woman got scared, but pour yourselves some drinks and try to have a chuckle about it, like the rest of us.’
    • ‘If some disaffected street urchin adopted the tone on the train home, a manly Bunyip would shield the little woman with his body and prepare to wield a menacing umbrella.’
    • ‘The cheerful little woman cooked, washed, ironed, cleaned, looked after the children and waited on her husband.’
    • ‘The guy can pretend to be all macho and manly, be protective of the little woman, and then when it's really needed you can't rely on them cause they're too busy off in the corner crying like a baby.’
    • ‘They were not for real men, but were the sort of places the little woman would go off to now and then, usually with a girlfriend in tow, and spend a few days messing about with quack therapists and their potions and lotions.’
    • ‘Often dismissed as Joyce's little woman, Nora emerges in Murphy's film as his easy equal, in force of character if not education.’
    • ‘So, the chump is scared of me and his little woman is handling his affairs.’