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wife (妻子):成年女性

英语单词wife现在一般用来表示“妻子”,但在古代,它的本意是woman(妇女)。在一些由它构成的复合词中我们还能看到它的这种含义,如midwife(产婆)、alewife(啤酒店老板娘)、housewife(家庭主妇)、fishwife(卖鱼妇)等。并且,单词woman本身就是由wife+man构成的,原本拼写为wifman。“妻子”之意原本是wife的一个特殊含义,在现代英语中反而成为了它的主要含义。

wife 妻子

来自古英语wif,女人,女士,妻子,来自Proto-Germanic*wiban,可能来自PIE*webh,弯,转,纺织,词源同weave,web。引申义男耕女织,女人,妻子。参见woman.

wife (n.)

Middle English wif, wyf, from Old English wif (neuter) "woman, female, lady," also, but not especially, "wife," from Proto-Germanic *wīfa- (source also of Old Saxon, Old Frisian wif, Old Norse vif, Danish and Swedish viv, Middle Dutch, Dutch wijf, Old High German wib, German Weib), of uncertain origin and disputed etymology, not found in Gothic.

Apparently felt as inadequate in its basic sense, leading to the more distinctive formation wifman (source of woman). Dutch wijf now means, in slang, "girl, babe," having softened somewhat from earlier sense of "bitch." The Modern German cognate (Weib) also tends to be slighting or derogatory; Middle High German wip in early medieval times was "woman, female person," vrouwe (Frau) being retained for "woman of gentle birth, lady;" but from c. 1200 wip "took on a common, almost vulgar tone that restricted its usage in certain circles" and largely has been displaced by Frau.

The more usual Indo-European word is represented in English by queen/quean. Words for "woman" also double for "wife" in some languages. Some proposed PIE roots for wife include *weip- "to twist, turn, wrap," perhaps with sense of "veiled person" (see vibrate); and more recently *ghwibh-, a proposed root meaning "shame," also "pudenda," but the only examples of it would be the Germanic words and Tocharian (a lost IE language of central Asia) kwipe, kip "female pudenda."

The modern sense of "female spouse" began as a specialized sense in Old English; the general sense of "woman" is preserved in midwife, old wives' tale, etc. Middle English sense of "mistress of a household" survives in housewife; and the later restricted sense of "tradeswoman of humble rank" in fishwife. By 1883 as "passive partner in a homosexual couple." Wife-swapping is attested from 1954.

a 一 (个)

A 英语字母表的第一个字母

A 英语字母表的第一个字母

a cappella 清唱的

a fortiori 理由更充分

A Gordian Knot 难解的结;难题;难点

a la carte 按菜单点菜

A Penelope's Web 故意拖延的策略;永远做不完的工作

a posteriori 由果及因

a priori 由因及果

A Procrustean Bed (强求一致):普罗克汝斯忒斯的铁床

aardvark 土豚

aback 大吃一惊

abacus (算盘):用于算数的沙板

abacus 算盘

abacus 算盘

abalone 鲍鱼

abandon 放弃

abandon 遗弃,抛弃

abase 使低下,卑微,屈从

abash 使困窘

abashed 羞愧

abate 减轻

abate 减弱

abattoir 屠宰场

abba 阿爸

abbess 女修道院院长

abbey 隐修院

abbot (修道院院长):阿拉姆语中对僧侣的尊称“父亲”

abbot 隐修院院长

abbreviate 缩短

abbreviate 缩写

abbreviate 缩写,简化

abbreviation 缩写,缩写词

abbreviator 缩写者

abdicate 退位

abdicate 退位

abdicate 退位,放弃(职位,权力等)

abdicator 弃权人,让位者,辞职者

abdomen 腹,腹部

abdomen 腹部

abdomenal 腹(部)的

abdominous 大肚子的,大腹便便的

abduct 诱拐

abduct 劫持,诱拐;绑架

abduction 绑架,拐骗,劫持

abecedarian (初步):拉丁字母表中的前四个字母

Aberdonian 苏格兰阿伯丁人

aberrance 脱离正道,越轨,反常

aberrant 异常的

aberrant 反常的

aberrant 异常的

aberration 失常

abet (教唆):纵狗斗熊游戏

abet 唆使,教唆,怂恿

abet 教唆

abet 教唆

abet 教唆,煽动,帮助,支持

abeyance 中止,搁置

abeyance 搁置

abeyance 中止

abhor 憎恶

abhor 憎恶

abhorrent 令人憎恶的

abide 忍受

abide 停留

abigail (侍女):《圣经》中大卫王的妻子亚比该

abigail 侍女,女仆

ability 能力,才能

ability 能力

abiogenesis 自然发生(论),非生物起源,无生源说

abiotic 非生物的

abject 卑鄙的

abject 悲惨的

abject 可怜的;凄惨的;卑鄙的

abjure 誓绝

abjure 声明放弃

ablation 消融,切除

ablation 冰雪消融

ablative 夺格

ablaze 燃烧的

able 有能力的

able 有能力的,能干的

Ableism 对残疾人的歧视

ablution 沐浴

ablution 洗身,沐浴

ablutions 净手礼

abnegate 放弃

abnegate 否认,放弃

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