1. A female housekeeper; a woman who manages domestic affairs; a thirfty woman. The bounteous huswife nature. The huswife is she that do labour doth fall. (Tusser)
2. A worthless woman; a hussy.
3. [See hussy a bag] a case for sewing materials. See housewife.
Origin: oe. Huswif; hus house _ wif wife. Cf. Hussy a housewife, housewife
alternative forms: housewife.
to manage with frugality; said of a woman.