widower

[ wid-oh-er ]
/ ˈwɪd oʊ ər /

noun

a man who has lost his spouse by death and has not remarried.

Nearby words

  1. widow's cruse,
  2. widow's mite,
  3. widow's peak,
  4. widow's walk,
  5. widowed,
  6. widowhood,
  7. widowly,
  8. width,
  9. widthwise,
  10. widukind

Origin of widower

1325–75; late Middle English (see widow, -er1); replacing widow (now dial.), Old English wydewa

Related formswid·ow·ered, adjectivewid·ow·er·hood, noun

Can be confusedwidow widower

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British Dictionary definitions for widowered

widower

/ (ˈwɪdəʊə) /

noun

a man whose wife has died and who has not remarried
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Word Origin and History for widowered

widower

n.

mid-14c., extended from widow. The Old English masc. form was widewa.

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