A husband is a married man. Your grandfather might joke that he and your grandmother have been husband and wife for so long because she has the patience of a saint and he is deaf as a post.

The word husband comes from the Old Norse hūsbōndi, where hūs meant house and bōndi meant dweller. As a verb, husband means to conserve resources and use them frugally. Because of the flooding in the area, roads are cut off and everyone is being asked to husband their supplies. This conservation of resources sense of husband also occurs in the related noun husbandry.

Definitions of husband
  1. noun
    a married man; a male partner in a marriage
    synonyms: hubby, married man
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    married woman, wife
    a married woman; a man's partner in marriage
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    benedick, benedict
    a newly married man (especially one who has long been a bachelor)
    a man whose wife committed adultery
    family man
    a man whose family is of major importance in his life
    house husband, househusband
    a husband who keeps house while his wife earns the family income
    a husband who murders his wife
    an archaic term for a cuckold who knows about his wife's infidelity but tolerates it
    type of:
    better half, married person, mate, partner, spouse
    a person's partner in marriage
  2. verb
    use cautiously and frugally
    synonyms: conserve, economise, economize
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    blow, squander, waste
    spend thoughtlessly; throw away
    spend lavishly or wastefully on
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    tighten one's belt; use resources carefully
    type of:
    preserve, save
    to keep up and reserve for personal or special use
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