- 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.
- widow bird,
- widow woman,
- widow's benefit,
- widow's cruse,
- widow's mite
Origin of widow
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
verb (tr; usually passive)
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.