- midwife:  A midwife is etymologically a ‘with-woman’. The mid- element represents the long extinct preposition mid ‘with’ (its Germanic relatives are still alive and well: German mit, Dutch met, and Swedish and Danish med). Wife preserves the original meaning of Old English wīf, ‘woman’. The idea underlying the word is that a midwife is ‘with’ a woman giving birth.
- midwife (n.)
- c. 1300, "woman assisting," literally "woman who is 'with' " (the mother at birth), from Middle English mid "with" (see mid) + wif "woman" (see wife). Cognate with German Beifrau.
- 1. The midwife gave him a warm bath.
- 2. "You're doing really well," her midwife said encouragingly.
- 3. The midwife delivered her sister.
- 4. Darren's girlfriend is a midwife.
- 5. Tell your midwife what you want so she can make a note of it and avoid misunderstandings.
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