Main meanings of wife-beating in English

: wife-beating1wife-beating2

wife-beating1

Pronunciation /ˈwʌɪfˌbiːtɪŋ/

noun

  • The action of beating one's wife or female partner, especially habitually; an instance of this.

Origin

Mid 17th century. From wife + beating.

Main meanings of wife-beating in English

: wife-beating1wife-beating2

wife-beating2

Pronunciation /ˈwʌɪfˌbiːtɪŋ/

adjective

  • Designating a man who beats his wife or female partner, especially habitually.

Origin

Mid 18th century. From wife + beating.