February 14, 2009
a married man considered in relation to his wife : she and her husband are both retired.
verb [ trans. ]use (resources) economically; conserve : the need to husband his remaining strength.
ORIGIN late Old English (in the senses [male head of a household] and [manager, steward] ), from Old Norse húsbóndi ‘master of a house,’ from hús ‘house’ + bóndi ‘occupier and tiller of the soil.’The original sense of the verb was [till, cultivate.]
wife |wīf|noun ( pl. wives |wīvz|)
a married woman considered in relation to her husband.
ORIGIN Old English wīf [woman,] of Germanic origin; related to Dutch wijf and German Weib
Husband and Wife. February 12, 2009.