I fear, if she is alive, that his wife in Goa is a “grass widow” to this day.
Minnie was married at thirteen; in less than a year she was a grass widow.
Never a merrier—as bouncing a grass widow as ever there was in sweet 'Tyrone among the bushes.'
She would be a grass widow, a subject for all the vulgar jest and loathsome wit of the community.
So the grass widow is back in Rome, and Peppi, you say, is cocking his eye at her?
Said Jenny, "I was sold at this settlement sale, and bought in by the 'grass widow' for four hundred dollars."
In weeding, the beer gardener should be careful to distinguish between true widow's weeds and grass widow's weeds.
One day a new gyrl come for to run a loom and they yells out at her, 'Is you-all a grass widow?
She was a grass widow with quite an assortment of children, though she looked little more than a child herself.
It was very kind of him, of course, but I wish he would let me alone, and send his old flowers to the grass widow.
1520s, originally "discarded mistress" (cf. German Strohwitwe, literally "straw-widow"), probably in reference to casual bedding. Sense of "married woman whose husband is absent" is from 1846.
[G]rasse wydowes ... be yet as seuerall as a barbours chayre and neuer take but one at onys. [More, 1528]
A woman who is alone because of divorce, separation, rejection, etc
[1839+; because her husband is still above the grass rather than under it]