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The term trophy wife or tropaeum uxor refers to a wife who is regarded as a status symbol for the husband. The term is often used in a derogatory or disparaging way. The term trophy husband is the male equivalent, although this is rarer. It can also be used to imply that the trophy wife in question has little personal merit besides her physical attractiveness, requires substantial expense for maintaining her appearance, is often unintelligent or unsophisticated, does very little of substance beyond remaining attractive, and is in some ways synonymous with the term gold digger. A trophy wife is relatively young and attractive - she may be a second, third or later wife of an older, wealthier man. Referring to a spouse as a trophy wife usually reflects negatively on the character or personality of both parties. For the husband, it has a connotation of pure narcissism and the need to impress, and that the husband would not be able to attract the sexual interest of the attractive woman for any reason apart from his wealth or position. The term's etymological origins are disputed. One claim is that "trophy wife" originally appeared in a issue of The Economist newspaper, referring to the historical practice of warriors capturing the most beautiful women during battle to bring home as wives.
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Top definition. A young, attractive woman married to an older, more powerful man. His role in the relationship is to be her sugar daddy and provide her with power and material wealth. Hers, beyond providing sex, is to remind others that he is powerful or rich enough to be desirable to such a woman despite his age and thus to serve as a marker of this status -- hence the "trophy" part. A specialized type of gold digger. My asshole ex-husband went out and got himself a trophy wife as soon as he made partner. Aug 9 Word of the Day. Strip Jenga. A term coined by Terrson to represent a form of Jenga where one removes an article of clothing whenever the tower falls. It was a fearsome sight indeed after the tower fell for the last time, after that, strip jenga was forever banned in the lounge.
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