Complete Definition of "wif"

English

Etymology
Alteration of with.

Alternative spellings
wid (informal)
with

Pronunciation
enPR|wĭth, IPA|/wɪð/
:rhymes|ɪð
enPR|wĭf, IPA|/wɪf/
:rhymes|ɪf

Preposition
en-prep

  1. context|informal|dialectal with

Quotations
1998: That's what I mo' wear wif my shoes. — Ted Shine in Contributions, ISBN 0822202387, p. 31
2000: I been at the gym gettin' down wif my peeps. — Jan King in It'S A Girl Thing: The Hilarious Truth About Women ISBN 0740711318, p. 161
2002: If I don' have no problem wif my high school test? — Stan Hayes in The Rough English Equivalent, ISBN 059524579X p. 324


Middle English

Etymology
OE.|enm wif#Old English|wīf.

Noun
wif

  1. A wife, woman.
Quotations
ca. 1380: It cam in cuppemele — this craft my wif used! — William Langland, Piers Plowman
ca. 1380:

— Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales, The Merchant's Tale

Category:Middle English nouns


Old English

Etymology
From Ger.|ang *wībam, of uncertain origin. Cognate with Old Frisian wif#Old Frisian|wif, Old Saxon wif#Old Saxon|wif (Dutch wijf), Old High German vip|vīp (German Weib �woman�), Old Norse víf. Tocharian B kwīpe, A kip �vagina� may be cognates, suggesting an IE.|ang root *gʰwībʰ-.

Pronunciation
IPA|/wi:f/

Noun
unicode|wīf n

  1. A woman.
  2. A married woman, a wife.

Descendants
English: wife

Derived terms
wifmann|wīfmann

Category:Old English nouns

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