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Someone's husband, wife or partner

helpmate

noun

someone who helps and supports another person, especially a husband or wife

hubby

noun

a husband

husband

noun

a male partner in a marriage

lady

noun

a man’s wife or girlfriend

life partner

noun

someone that you are living with in a sexual relationship and intend to continue living with for a long time

man

noun

a husband, boyfriend, or sexual partner

mate

noun

someone’s sexual partner

missis

another spelling of missus

missus

noun

your wife

OH

abbreviation

other half: a way of referring to your husband, wife or romantic partner on social media

old woman

noun

your mother or wife. This word offends some people.

paramour

noun

someone who you are having a sexual relationship with, especially someone you are not married to

partner

noun

someone who you live with and have a sexual relationship with

significant other

noun

the person who you are married to or are having a romantic relationship with. This word is polite because it includes people who are not married, do not live together, or are gay. A more usual word is partner.

spousal

adjective

relating to someone’s husband or wife

spouse

noun

a husband, or a wife

WAG

noun

the wife or girlfriend of a famous person, for example a footballer or politician

wife

noun

a female partner in a marriage

wifely

adjective

considered to be typical of a wife

wifey

noun

an insulting word used for referring to a man’s wife

woman

noun

your girlfriend, wife, or partner. Some people think this use is offensive

the/my/his etc old man

someone’s father or husband. This word offends some people

someone’s better half

someone’s husband, wife, or partner

someone’s lord and master

someone’s husband or male partner

someone’s other/better half

someone’s wife, husband, or partner

the little woman

an insulting way of referring to someone’s wife

the man/woman in your life

your boyfriend, husband, girlfriend, or wife

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a method of financial trading in which share prices are hidden and not openly available to the public

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