Waive vs Wife - What's the difference?

waive | wife |

As nouns the difference between waive and wife

is that waive is (obsolete|legal) a woman put out of the protection of the law; an outlawed woman or waive can be while wife is a married woman, especially in relation to her spouse.

As a verb waive

is (obsolete) to outlaw (someone) or waive can be (obsolete) to move from side to side; to sway.



Etymology 1

(etyl) weyven, from (etyl) .


  • (obsolete) To outlaw (someone).
  • (obsolete) To abandon, give up (someone or something).
  • *
  • (legal) To relinquish (a right etc.); to give up claim to; to forego.
  • If you waive the right to be silent, anything you say can be used against you in a court of law.
  • *
  • To put aside, avoid.
  • *
  • Derived terms
    * waivable

    Etymology 2

    (etyl) weyven, from (etyl) .


  • (obsolete) To move from side to side; to sway.
  • (obsolete) To stray, wander.
  • * c. 1390 , (Geoffrey Chaucer), "The Merchant's Tale", Canterbury Tales :
  • ye been so ful of sapience / That yow ne liketh, for youre heighe prudence, / To weyven fro the word of Salomon.

    Etymology 3

    From (etyl) waive, probably as the past participle of (weyver), as Etymology 1, above.


    (en noun)
  • (obsolete, legal) A woman put out of the protection of the law; an outlawed woman.
  • (obsolete) A waif; a castaway.
  • (John Donne)

    Etymology 4

    Variant forms.


    (en noun)
  • * 1624 , (John Donne), Devotions upon Emergent Occasions :
  • I know, O Lord, the ordinary discomfort that accompanies that phrase, that the house is visited, and that thy works, and thy tokens are upon the patient; but what a wretched, and disconsolate hermitage is that house, which is not visited by thee, and what a waive and stray is that man, that hath not thy marks upon him?




  • 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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