3. One who manages or directs with prudence and economy; a frugal person; an economist. "God knows how little time is left me, and may I be a good husband, to improve the short remnant left me." (Fuller)
Origin: OE. Hosebonde, husbonde, a husband, the master of the house or family, AS. Hsbonda master of the house; hs house + bunda, bonda, householder, husband; prob. Fr. Icel. Hsbondi house master, husband; hs house + bandi dwelling, inhabiting, p.pr. Of ba to dwell; akin to AS. Ban, Goth. Bauan. See House Be, and cf. Bond a slave, Boor.
(01 Mar 1998)
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