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widowed (ˈwɪdəʊd) 



  1. having become a widow or a widower   ⇒ In 1921, his widowed mother moved to Sydney., a mother who tries to build a relationship with her widowed daughter, Imogen stayed with her widowed sister., She spent 20 years looking after her widowed father., Or a widowed man may strike up a friendship with his female neighbour.

widow (ˈwɪdəʊ Pronunciation for widow



  1. a woman who has survived her spouse, esp one who has not remarried
  2. (usually with a modifier) (informal) a woman whose spouse is often away from home indulging in a sport, etc   ⇒ a golf widow
  3. (printing) a short line at the end of a paragraph, esp one that occurs as the top line of a page or column Compare orphan (sense 3)
  4. (in some card games) an additional hand or set of cards exposed on the table

verb (transitive; usually passive)

  1. to cause to become a widow or a widower
  2. to deprive of something valued or desirable

Derived Forms

ˈwidowhood noun

Word Origin

Old English widuwe; related to German Witwe, Latin vidua (feminine of viduus deprived), Sanskrit vidhavā

Example Sentences Including 'widowed'

Archie Gillorn was not without an old man's delight in stratagem; there was to be a visiting niece, not long widowed.
Meek, M R D A Worm of Doubt
At 19.6 per cent, the widowed were the most likely to be in these categories.
canada.com (2004)
In Soul Man, Dan Aykroyd plays a widowed Episcopalian minister who once was a member of a biker gang.
Toronto Sun (2003)
In one instance, a prominent Delhi-based businessman bequeathed his house to his widowed daughter-in-law.
Business Today (2002)
It's amazing how a widowed or divorced woman is bombarded by unwanted advice about how she should run her life.
Shapiro, Jean Get the Best out of the Rest of Your Life
Malone, soured by the small encounter, pushed open the glass doors and went in to see the widowed Mrs Knoble.
Cleary, Jon Murder Song
She wondered if Mrs. Hale was married, widowed , or divorced.
Adams, N I.O.U. - Someone Has to Pay
TWO TEENAGE GIRLS were charged yesterday with murdering a widowed pensioner whose body was found dumped in a canal near her home.
Independent (1998)


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