Definitions for: Husband


[n] a married man; a woman's partner in marriage
[v] use cautiously and frugally; "I try to economize my spare time"; "conserve your energy for the ascent to the summit"



Webster (1913) Definition: Hus"band, n. [OE. hosebonde, husbonde, a husband, the
master of the house or family, AS. h?sbonda master of the
house; h?s house + bunda, bonda, householder, husband; prob.
fr. Icel. h?sb[=o]ndi house master, husband; h?s house +
b?andi dwelling, inhabiting, p. pr. of b?a to dwell; akin to
AS. b?an, Goth. bauan. See House Be, and cf. Bond a
slave, Boor.]
1. The male head of a household; one who orders the economy
of a family. [Obs.]

2. A cultivator; a tiller; a husbandman. [Obs.] --Shak.

The painful husband, plowing up his ground.
--Hakewill.

He is the neatest husband for curious ordering his
domestic and field accommodations. --Evelyn.

3. One who manages or directs with prudence and economy; a
frugal person; an economist. [R.]

God knows how little time is left me, and may I be a
good husband, to improve the short remnant left me.
--Fuller.

4. A married man; a man who has a wife; -- the correlative to
wife.

The husband and wife are one person in law.
--Blackstone.

5. The male of a pair of animals. [R.] --Dryden.

A ship's husband (Naut.), an agent representing the owners
of a ship, who manages its expenses and receipts.


Hus"band, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Husbanded; p. pr. &
vb. n. Husbanding.]
1. To direct and manage with frugality; to use or employ to
good purpose and the best advantage; to spend, apply, or
use, with economy.

For my means, I'll husband them so well, They shall
go far. --Shak.

2. To cultivate, as land; to till. [R.]

Land so trim and rarely husbanded. --Evelyn.

3. To furnish with a husband. [R.] --Shak.

Synonyms: conserve, economise, economize, hubby, married man

Antonyms: blow, married woman, squander, waste, wife

See Also: benedick, benedict, better half, cuckold, family man, house husband, married person, mate, partner, preserve, retrench, save, spouse

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