15+ Slang Words For Wife (And Other Related Terms)

Being one-half of a legally and culturally bound partnership, a wives were traditionally viewed as the one in charge of maintaining household functions, empathetic conversations, and social celebrations. With modernity stepping in, such traditions are totally irrelevant. Most wives don’t mind if household care is getting done by their husbands or outsourced to third parties. Creatively refer to wives with the slang terms below.

Slang Words for Wife (in Alphabetical Order)

Apron Strings

Meaning:

  • (Noun) Symbolizes dominance or control.
  • Example: Dante is always careful not to make his wife mad. He’s too tied to her apron strings. 

Ball and Chain

Meaning:

  • (Noun) A degrading way of referring to one’s wife as being stifling of one’s wants or interests. May be offensive.
  • Example: Henry really wanted to go to our friend’s bachelor's party but he claims his ball and chain won’t let him go to it.

Better Half 

Meaning:

  • (Noun) A expression that lovingly refers to the other half of the relationship.
  • Example: Kate’s better half is well-mannered and educated. He will be a fine husband.

Caesar's Wife 

Meaning:

  • (Noun) Someone who should be above and beyond guilt and suspicion. This is in homage to Julius Caesar’s wife whom he separated for having suspicious affairs while he was gone.
  • Example: She should play Caesar’s wife until John returns or else she won’t be included in his last will and testament.

Devil Meeting His Wife

Meaning:

  • (Idiom) Raining while the sun is still shining.
  • Example: The children might get sick if we go outside while the devil is meeting his wife.

Her Indoors

Meaning:

  • (Noun) A British slang for a wife.
  • Example: Everyone was congratulating Ronald for the successful business but everyone knew it was really her indoors who was responsible for all the success.

Homemaker

Meaning:

  • (Noun) The wife that tends to household needs.
  • Example: The homemaker is requested to attend the monthly homeowners meeting.

Lady of the House

Meaning:

  • (Noun) The female family member with the widest scope of household responsibility which is normally the wife.
  • Example: The lady of the house welcomed us to the housewarming party.

Mon Chéri 

Meaning:

  • (Noun) A French endearment that translates to “my darling” usually lovingly addressed to wives.
  • Example: Mon chéri, should we plan a vacation getaway?

Trophy Wife

Meaning:

  • (Noun) Used to describe a wife that is younger, more visually appealing, or more accomplished than the husband with negative connotations.
  • Example: Did Martin really have to marry a trophy wife? His insecurities will be amplified throughout the marriage.

Trouble and Strife

Meaning:

  • (Noun) An informal British rhyming slang for a wife.
  • Example: Don’t worry about your trouble and strife. She’s strong enough to handle the in-laws.

WAG

Meaning:

  • (Noun) A street acronym for “wives and girlfriends” of top-rank sportsmen with negative connotations for their extravagant lifestyle.
  • Example: Sorry miss, you can’t sit here. These seats are reserved for the WAG

Wife Material

Meaning:

  • (Noun) A lady complete with social and practical skills and maturity to be a wife. 
  • Example: Stacy is definitely wife material. She can handle kids and manage deep existential conversations.

Wife Swapping

Meaning:

  • (Noun) An arrangement among couples to exchange partners for sexual causes.
  • Example: Jerry and Minnie and Tom and Margie agreed to have wife swapping during the weekend.

Wifey

Meaning:

  • (Noun) A modern slang of endearment for a wife.
  • Example: Wifey, where should I put the groceries.

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