- a discarded mistress.
- a woman who has borne an illegitimate child.
Origin of grass widow
Related formsgrass·wid·ow·hood, noun
Examples from the Web for grass widow
He had had nothing from her except friendship and girlish romance and a grass-widow's belated affection.We Can't Have Everything|Rupert Hughes
But she did not fancy Simla in the season as a grass-widow, and had had quite enough of being alone.Forty-one years in India|Frederick Sleigh Roberts
By gum, Mosey, I'd marry a grass-widow with a second-hand family before I'd do my own cooking.The Wizard's Daughter and Other Stories|Margaret Collier Graham
Samuel could not imagine his grass-widow, Mrs. De Ferriac, causing any very righteous blows on her own account.Flappers and Philosophers|F. Scott Fitzgerald
My Lyddy does not care about being a grass-widow, gentlemen.The Silent House|Fergus Hume
British Dictionary definitions for grass widow
Word Origin for grass widow
Idioms and Phrases with grass widow
A woman who is separated from her husband, either by divorce or temporary absence. For example, She's a grass widow these days, with Herb traveling to golf tournaments all over the country. The expression dates from the 16th century, when it referred to the mother of an illegitimate child, grass presumably alluding to the open-air setting of the child's conception.