Etymology
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Words related to house

housecraft (n.)

"domestic science," 1906, from house (n.) + craft (n.).

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housefly (n.)

also house-fly, "Musca domestica," early 15c., from house (n.) + fly (n.).

houseful (n.)

c. 1300, from house (n.) + -ful.

household (n.)

late 14c., "members of a family collectively (including servants)," also "furniture and articles belonging to a house;" see house (n.) + hold (n.1). As an adjective, "of or pertaining to house and family, domestic," from late 14c. Compare householder. Household word, one that is in very familiar use, is from 1590s; variant household name is from 1862.

housekeeper (n.)

mid-15c., "householder," from house (n.) + keeper. A later equivalent of householder. The sense of "female head domestic servant of a house" is from c. 1600 (to keep house, as part of a wife's duty, is from late 14c.). Housekeep (v.) is from 1842 and appears to be a back-formation.

housemaid (n.)

also house-maid, 1690s, from house (n.) + maid (n.).

housemate (n.)

also house-mate, 1809, from house (n.) + mate (n.).

housetop (n.)

1520s, from house (n.) + top (n.1).

housewarming (n.)

also house-warming, "celebration of the entry of a family into a new home," 1570s, from house (n.) + verbal noun from warm (v.).

housewife (n.)

early 13c., husewif, "woman, usually married, in charge of a family or household; wife of a householder," from huse "house" (see house (n.)) + wif "woman" (see wife (n.)). Compare husband (n.). Originally pronounced "huzzif;" the full written form of it began to be used from c. 1500, representing a pronunciation shift that was made at least in part to distinguish it from its offspring, hussy. In 16c., "housewife and hussy were still realized to be same word," and it was felt "that a distinction between the two was due to the reputable matron" [Fowler]. From mid-18c.: "It is common to use housewife in a good, and huswife or hussy in a bad sense" [Johnson]. Related: Housewifely.

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