- a short last line of a paragraph, especially one less than half of the full measure or one consisting of only a single word.
- the last line of a paragraph when it is carried over to the top of the following page away from the rest of the paragraph.Compare orphan(def 4).
verb (used with object), wid·owed, wid·ow·ing.
- to endow with a widow's right.
- to survive as the widow of.
Origin of widow
Related formswid·ow·ly, adjectiveun·wid·owed, adjective
Can be confusedwidow widower
Examples from the Web for widowed
As many as one-sixth of the genocide survivors were widowed.
The killing of a widowed mother of 10 has been hanging over Gerry Adams for 40 years.Sinn Fein Boss Gerry Adams Wanted This Murder Bust|Ed Moloney|May 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He was making the trip to visit his recently widowed mother.Two Chickens, an Old Guitar, and a Group of Strangers: A Life-Changing Feast in Brazil|Annabel Langbein|November 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Schieffer, who was living with his widowed mother and two younger siblings, was fast asleep in the middle of the day.
Her main character is a seventy-five-year-old woman, widowed, living alone in a remote beach town in Australia.Caught in Her Mind: Fiona McFarlane’s ‘The Night Guest’|Andrea Walker|October 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
When widowed at the age of twenty, she had bravely assumed the care and bringing up of her son.Hawk Eye|David Cory
Nay, widowed is Cytherea, and idle are the Loves along the halls!Theocritus, Bion and Moschus|Theocritus
"Widowed and fatherless; God pity them," came in a low voice from a sad-faced woman, clad in the sable robes of mourning.Clemence|Retta Babcock
We catch again the earnest words with which she urged a visit there, even in the freshness of her widowed grief.Memoir of Mary L. Ware, Wife of Henry Ware, Jr.|Edward B. Hall
Not again will that widowed heart ache at the sound of New Year joy-bells, for their merry peal will ring above her grave.Mohawks, Volume 3 of 3|Mary Elizabeth Braddon
British Dictionary definitions for widowed
verb (tr; usually passive)
Derived Formswidowhood, noun
Word Origin for widow
Idioms and Phrases with widowed
see grass widow.