widow's walk


a platform or walk atop a roof, as on certain coastal New England houses of the 18th and early 19th centuries: often used as a lookout for incoming ships.

Nearby words

  1. widow woman,
  2. widow's benefit,
  3. widow's cruse,
  4. widow's mite,
  5. widow's peak,
  6. widowed,
  7. widower,
  8. widowhood,
  9. widowly,
  10. width

Origin of widow's walk

An Americanism dating back to 1935–40

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