Definition of Stepford wife noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

Stepford wife

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˌstepfəd ˈwaɪf//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌstepfərd ˈwaɪf//
 
 
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a woman who does not behave or think in an independent way, always following the accepted rules of society and obeying her husband without thinking She's gradually turning into a Stepford wife. More Like This Expressions from literary sources Alice in Wonderland, Casanova, Cassandra, Don Juan, Dorian Gray, Falstaffian, Frankenstein, Jekyll and Hyde, Lilliputian, Lothario, Orwellian, Pandora’s box, Peter Pan, Pied Piper, Pollyanna, Rip Van Winkle, Ruritanian, Scrooge, Shangri-La, Sherlock, Stepford Wife, Svengali, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, Utopia, Walter MittySee worksheet. From the title of the book and film/movie The Stepford Wives, in which a group of women who behave in this way are in fact robots.
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