Definition of wife-like in US English:

wife-like

adjective

  • See wife

    • ‘Perhaps he thinks you use phrases and terms about the children's father that sound too ‘wife-like’, or he is weary of hearing you mention the other parent's name so much, or he perceives a tone in your voice or a look in your eyes.’
    • ‘I just realized my comment sounded too ‘wife-like’.’

Pronunciation

wife-like

/ˈwīfˌlīk/