Short for "traditional wife" (that is to say, a female homemaker).

The word has nothing to do with neo-nazism as some definitions here have suggested, it's just stands for "traditional wife". Some women choose to do that, and some women don't. Each person has a right to pursue happiness as they see fit, right?
Woman A on twitter: I'm thinking about quitting my job and doing the tradwife thing.

Woman B on twitter: How fucking dare you?!? The civil rights activists who fought to give you your rights, they must be spinning in their graves right now!!!

Woman C on twitter: Actually, those activists fought for her being able to CHOOSE whatever job she wants. So if she wants to choose the full-time homemaker job, then what goddamn business is that of yours, you anti-freedom authoritarian asshole?
by durpthesecond October 04, 2019
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Short for "traditional wife." Used in alt-right circles to refer to women that embody traditionally feminine and wifely qualities (submissiveness, chastity, willingness to do household chores, etc).
She wants children and is fine with me working so she doesn't have to, so it's possible she could make a good tradwife.
by Marek Möhling February 02, 2017
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Short for "traditional wife." Used in alt-right circles to refer to transsexual women or "traps" that embody traditionally feminine and wifely qualities (submissiveness, chastity, willingness to do household chores, etc).
My tradwife's dick is bigger than mine, but she still washes my clothes for me.
by Esse Kay October 16, 2016
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Not the same as housewife. A tradwife is a homemaker, and thinks all women should be homemakers too. She exists in usually two ways:

1) She will be extremely attractive, and put an excessive amount of effort into her appearance for a significant other that looks like a frog, and probably treats her poorly. Usually religious but not necessarily.

2) Extremely not attractive and religious, but parades being a virgin as a huge source of pride even when no one wanted to have sex with her.

In both situations, the tradwife expects pretty much nothing of men and has low standards, so she's pretty much bound to be in a miserable relationship.
Ellen: Why is Cynthia posting memes about how husbands are above wives on facebook?

Howard: I don't know, she's a tradwife and kind of stupid.
by 84848cheese February 03, 2021
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