- a woman who has lost her spouse by death and has not remarried.
- Cards. an additional hand or part of a hand, as one dealt to the table.
- 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).
- a woman often left alone because her husband devotes his free time to a hobby or sport (used in combination).Compare golf widow.
- to make (someone) a widow: She was widowed by the war.
- to deprive of anything cherished or needed: A surprise attack widowed the army of its supplies.
- to endow with a widow's right.
- to survive as the widow of.
Origin of widow
Related Words for widowedeligible, widowed, only, unattended, single, unaccompanied, solo, bachelor, sole, unattached, unwed, abandoned, deserted, desolate, detached, forlorn, forsaken, friendless, hermit, individual
Examples from the Web for widowed
Contemporary Examples of widowed
As many as one-sixth of the genocide survivors were widowed.After the Genocide, Rwanda’s Widows Aging Alone
August 31, 2014
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
May 1, 2014
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
November 29, 2013
Schieffer, who was living with his widowed mother and two younger siblings, was fast asleep in the middle of the day.What Lee Harvey Oswald’s Mother Told Me
November 14, 2013
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’
October 7, 2013
Historical Examples of widowed
She had rejoiced for his happy spirit, and now she mourned her own widowed lot.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
When she left him the widowed father of a little girl, he mourned sincerely for her.Weighed and Wanting
He then invited his widowed sister to live with him and take charge of his child.The Gorgeous Girl
She arrived in Dresden and sought refuge with her widowed mother.Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess
Henry W. Fischer
I am widowed; and the first numbness of the unexpected shock has not left me yet.The Genius
Margaret Horton Potter
- a woman who has survived her husband, esp one who has not remarried
- (usually with a modifier) informal a woman whose husband frequently leaves her alone while he indulges in a sport, etca golf widow
- printing a short line at the end of a paragraph, esp one that occurs as the top line of a page or columnCompare orphan (def. 3)
- (in some card games) an additional hand or set of cards exposed on the table
- to cause to become a widow or a widower
- to deprive of something valued or desirable
Word Origin for widow
c.1300; see widow (n.). Related: Widowed; widowing.
Old English widewe, widuwe, from Proto-Germanic *widewo (cf. Old Saxon widowa, Old Frisian widwe, Middle Dutch, Dutch weduwe, Dutch weeuw, Old High German wituwa, German Witwe, Gothic widuwo), from PIE adj. *widhewo (cf. Sanskrit vidhuh "lonely, solitary," vidhava "widow;" Avestan vithava, Latin vidua, Old Church Slavonic vidova, Russian vdova, Old Irish fedb, Welsh guedeu "widow;" Persian beva, Greek eitheos "unmarried man;" Latin viduus "bereft, void"), from root *weidh- "to separate" (cf. second element in Latin di-videre "to divide;" see with).
As a prefix to a name, attested from 1570s. Meaning "short line of type" (especially at the top of a column) is 1904 print shop slang. Widow's mite is from Mark xii:43. Widow's peak is from the belief that hair growing to a point on the forehead is an omen of early widowhood, suggestive of the "peak" of a widow's hood. Widow maker "anything lethally dangerous" first recorded 1945, originally among loggers, in reference to dead trees, etc. The widow bird (1747) so-called in reference to the long black tail feathers of the males, suggestive of widows' veils.
see grass widow.