A girl one attempts to begin a relationship with
in late fall-early December to last until
the weather improves and girls start going out again. The winter wife
allows a young male to secure companionship during a relatively barren period in the dating market.
Generally, the male does
not intend to make the winter wife
a long-term girlfriend, and so the characteristics he prizes
are slightly different. A slight decrease in physical beauty or intelligence will be overlooked if the girl is low maintenance
, unlikely to take a breakup badly, and lives relatively close to his home (one does not want to have to pay for dates or incur expenses traveling to hook
up with the winter wife
). As the weather improves, the winter wife
disposable, and a break-up
likely, although the qualities that make her an ideal winter wife
may cause the male to reconsider and continue dating
Dave: So are you and Emily serious? You hang out with her a lot.
Mike: Nah, she's just my winter wife. I'll probably dump her before Valentine's Day, since spring will be just around the corner.
Mike: Hey babe, I think you're great and everything, but I think it's time to see other people.
Emily: Is this just your
way of avoiding taking
me out for Valentine's Day?