(one's) better half

(redirected from his better half)
Like this video? Subscribe to our free daily email and get a new idiom video every day!

(one's) better half

One's significant other (typically one's spouse). Oh, there's my better half! Honey, come say hi to some of my work friends! A: "Wait, Jennie is Ken's better half?" B: "Oh yeah, they've been married for years."
See also: better, half

one's better half

Fig. one's spouse. (Usually refers to a wife.) I think we'd like to come for dinner, but I'll have to ask my better half. I have to go home now to my better half. We are going out tonight.
See also: better, half

better half

1. Also, better part. The larger amount or majority of something, as in I won't be long; the better half of this job is complete, or I have spent the better part of my life in this city. Sir Philip Sidney used the first term in Arcadia (1580): "I ... shall think the better half of it already achieved." The variant appears in a well-known proverb, discretion is the better part of valor.
2. Also, my better half. One's (my) spouse, as in I'm not sure if we can go; I'll have to check with my better half. Originally this expression meant "a close friend or lover," and by the 16th century it referred to either a wife or lover. Sidney used it in this way, again in Arcadia: "My dear, my better half (said he), I find I must now leave thee." Today it tends to be used lightly for either husband or wife. "Late 1500s"
See also: better, half

your better half

your husband or wife. humorous
See also: better, half

your better/other ˈhalf

(informal, humorous) your wife or husband: I’ll have to ask my better half about that.
See also: better, half, other

one’s better half

n. one’s wife, and occasionally, one’s husband. My better half disapproved of the movie.
See also: better, half
References in classic literature ?
Were you an ape, you would know that only a bull in the throes of madness will turn upon a female other than to gently chastise her, with the occasional exception of the individual whom we find exemplified among our own kind, and who delights in beating up his better half because she happens to be smaller and weaker than he.
Bumble was cunning enough; and he at once saw that an opportunity was opened, for the lucrative disposal of some secret in the possession of his better half. He well remembered the night of old Sally's death, which the occurrences of that day had given him good reason to recollect, as the occasion on which he had proposed to Mrs.
He's rapidly regaining flesh since he lost his better half.'
This seemed to sober the black for a moment as though he had temporarily forgotten his better half. He cast quick, fearful glances about, and then, evidently assured that Naratu had noticed nothing, he ordered the warrior who was still holding the infuriated black woman from the white girl to take the latter back to her hut and to remain there on guard over her.
(USA), Aug 1 (ANI): Who can be a better best friend than your wife, and singer Justin Bieber seems to have found one in his better half, Hailey Baldwin.
LONDON -- Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) leader Maryam Nawaz on Sunday responded to arrest of his better half Capt (retd) Safdar by terming him as Nawaz Sharif's soldier.
The leader vowed to return to country as soon as health condition of his better half gets better.
Imran Khan-along with his better half Bushra Maneka-was seen at a petrol pump short while ago.
Friend and well respected tactics/firearms teacher Tiger McKee (that's his better half, Gretchen in the pic with him) joins our family as the regular Tactics & Training columnist.
KARACHI -- RawalpindiIslamabad Sports Journalists Association (RISJA) secretary Nasir Abbas Naqvi extended his deep condolences to former world squash champion Qamar Zaman Khan on the death of his better half. Nasir while talking to Qamar Zamana and his son former world number 11 Mansoor Zaman expressed his grief and sorrow on the sudden demise of Qamar's wife and Mansoor's mother and prayed to Allah Almighty to give the family courage to bear this loss prayed Allah kept her soul in highest place in Jannah
When Eric raids the freezer, he leaves the door open and all the food inside thaws out, so his better half Beth throws an impromptu party for friends Cathy, Colin, Ian, Jaz, Christine and Sophie to consume the food before it goes to waste.
Danish star Erik Sviatchenko and his better half Anne Rudmose have both been signed up by Celtic.
But while convincing the gent to do the needful may have been accomplished, it's proving to be far more difficult to persuade his better half to see reason.
The controversial couple wed when the star was 62 and his better half was 27 during a ceremony in Venice.
Rami refused to reveal the identity of his ex-fiance and stated that when he decides to marry and find his better half he will hold a civil marriage ceremony, since he does not believe that religion separates those who are in love.