an affection form of address for a wife
- 1851 colloq. rare
apparently irregularly from wife (n.) + -el + -kin
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
1851 - see EXAMPLE below
"..."I'll strangle thee," said the beldame, dashing at me. "Bad money, is it?"
"Leave him to me, wifelkin," said the man, interposing; "you shall now see how I'll baste him down the lane..."
From: Lavengro; The Scholar - The Gypsy - The Priest
- George Henry Borrow