spouse; a married man; a man joined in marriage to a woman. Humorously defined by Louis J. Safian in An Irreverent Dictionary of Love and Marriage (1966) as: ' A spousebroken individual.'
SYNONYMS: appendage; bedmate (bed-mate); better half; breadwinner; consort; foot warmer; head of the house; helpmate; his lordship (His Lordship); hub; hubby (hubbie); hus-bond; legalized moment; lifer; lord and master; man of the house; mate; meal ticket; mister; old man; old man spouse; old pot; other half; pa; papa; partner; pot and pan (rhyming slang); significant other; sleeping partner; spouse; taters and tea; worse half; worser half.
SEE ALSO: apron husband; catch-farts; chicken thief; common-law husband; common-law spouse; December and May; ex; ex-bach; half-husband; henpecked; newly-weds; spouse and strife.
(1) Lou (Lou Costello) in One Night in the Tropics (1940). The same joke was repeated in The Noose Hangs High (1948): ' A husband is what's left of a sweetheart after the nerve has been killed.'
(2) Mrs. White (Madeline Kahn) who had five husbands in Clue (1986): ' Husbands should be like Kleenex: soft, strong, and disposable.'
(3) Ouiser Boudreaux (Shirley MacLaine) in Steel Magnolias (1989): ' You know, I used to think you were crazy for marrying that man. Then, for a few years, I thought you were butting for punishment. Now I realise you must be on a mission from God.'
(4) Mrs. Fisher (Joan Plowright) in Enchanted April (1991): ' In my day husbands and beds were never spoken of in the same breath. Husbands were taken seriously as the only real obstacle to sin.'
(5) Charlie Bewell (Louis Calhern) giving fatherly advice to his daughter Susan Dewell Vega (Lucille Ball) on her wedding day in Forever, Darling (1956): ' The thing to remember is that in marriage the husband and wife are one... and the husband is the one.'