Work Husband

What does Work Husband mean?

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A work husband is a male colleague you’re really good friends with, almost like besties, at your workplace. You share a supportive and enjoyable relationship with your work husband, similar to a real-life marriage, but without any emotional or romantic attachments, usually.

The relationship with a work husband is a bit more serious than that with a work boyfriend, hence the term work marriage. Your work husband might do things like saving a seat for you at lunch, cheering you up when you’re not feeling your best, or even aiding you in progressing in your career.

It’s not uncommon for people to have a work husband even if they are in a real-life marriage. The aim of this term is not to stir up jealousy in one’s significant other. However, if the work relationship crosses certain boundaries or extends beyond the work setting, it could potentially lead to jealousy from a significant other.

Example for using ‘Work Husband’ in a conversation

Hey, guess what? I have a new work husband!

Oh, really? Tell me more!

Well, he’s my BFF at work. We support each other and have a great time together.

That sounds awesome! What does your work husband do for you?

He saves me a seat at lunch, cheers me up when I’m down, and helps me with my career goals.