Who hath no wyf [wife] he is no cokewold [cuckold]. - Chaucer, (A. 3152)
A witty senryu(川柳) poem from the Edo Period (1603-1867) goes: "The hubby who won marital quarrel/ Is now making dinner." After taking her husband's verbal onslaught, the wife retaliates by "abandoning her duties in the kitchen." With a couple like that, I imagine both partners will live long.
INFORMAL FOR husband:
She speaks fondly of Richard Moreland, hubby No.1, whom she still sees regularly.
connected with marriage:
They've been having marital problems, apparently.
HUMOROUS You can't expect to live in a state of marital bliss.
A cuckold is a married man whose wife has sex with other men. In current usage it sometimes refers to non-married couples in committed relationships as well, although the traditional meaning is a man whose wife is adulterous.
History of the term
"Cuckold" is derived from the Old French for the Cuckoo bird, "Cocu" with the pejorative suffix -ald. The earliest written use of the Middle English derivation, “cokewold” occurs in 1250. The females of certain varieties of Cuckoo lay their eggs in other bird’s nests, freeing themselves from the need to nurture the eggs to hatching. In medieval Europe, the law, custom, and the church all defined married women as a category of property held by their husbands. Although Christian marriage vows strictly enjoined sexual exclusivity in a marriage for both partners, custom and doctrine rarely enforced it on the husband.