Fere vs Wife - What's the difference?

fere | wife |

As nouns the difference between fere and wife

is that fere is a companion, comrade or friend while wife is a married woman, especially in relation to her spouse.

As an adjective fere

is (obsolete) fierce.



Etymology 1

(etyl) (Northumbrian) ).

Alternative forms

* pheer


(en noun)
  • A companion, comrade or friend.
  • *1485 , Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur , Book V:
  • *:they swange oute their swerdis and slowe of noble men of armys mo than an hondred – and than they rode ayen to theire ferys .
  • (label) A spouse; an animal's mate.
  • *(Edmund Spenser) (c.1552–1599)
  • *:And Cambel took Cambrina to his fere .
  • *1830 , , ‘ Supposed Confessions of a Second-Rate Sensitive Mind’:
  • *:The lamb rejoiceth in the year, / And raceth freely with his fere , / And answers to his mother’s calls / From the flower’d furrow.
  • Derived terms
    * (l)

    Etymology 2

    Compare (etyl) (lena) .


    (en adjective)
  • (obsolete) fierce
  • (Webster 1913)


    * free * reef ----




  • A married woman, especially in relation to her spouse.
  • My wife and I have decided to have a baby.
  • * (The Fisherman and His Wife)
  • * , chapter=10
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=It was a joy to snatch some brief respite, and find himself in the rectory drawing–room. Listening here was as pleasant as talking; just to watch was pleasant. The young priests who lived here wore cassocks and birettas; their faces were fine and mild, yet really strong, like the rector's face; and in their intercourse with him and his wife they seemed to be brothers.}}
  • The female of a pair of mated animals.
  • Usage notes

    Although not common, wife'' can be used with ''the to indicate one's own wife. For instance, "I'd like to go, but the wife wants me home." More commonly, "my wife".


    * (married woman) better half, life partner, little woman (slang), partner, significant other, spouse * See also


    * (married woman) husband, were (obsolete)

    See also

    * uxorial

    Derived terms

    (Terms derived from the noun "wife") * (From woman) alewife * (partner) co-wife * (partner) ex-wife * (woman) fishwife * (woman) goodwife * (partner) housewife * (partner) huswife * (partner) man and wife/I now declare you man and wife * (woman) midwife * (woman) old wife/old-wife/oldwife * (woman) pudding-wife * seawife * sister-wife * spaewife * (partner) trophy wife * (partner) wife-beater * (woman/partner) wifehood * (partner) wifeless * (woman) wifely * (partner) wifey (wife)

    See also

    * (wikipedia "wife")




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