widow vs widower

widow widower


  • 1) informal, in combination A woman whose husband is often away pursuing a sport, etc.
  • 2) type of venomous spider, of the genus Latrodectus
  • 3) printing A single line of type that ends a paragraph, carried over to the next page or column.
  • 4) A woman whose husband has died (and has not re-married); feminine of widower.
  • 5) An additional hand of cards dealt face down in some card games, to be used by the highest bidder.
  • 6) A woman whose spouse has died and who has not remarried.
  • 7) Informal A woman whose spouse is often away pursuing a sport or hobby.
  • 8) A single, usually short line of type, as one ending a paragraph, carried over to the top of the next page or column.
  • 9) A short line of type at the bottom of a page, column, or paragraph.
  • 10) (Eng. Law) in London, the apparel and furniture of the bedchamber of the widow of a freeman, to which she was formerly entitled.
  • 11) [Colloq.] a woman separated from her husband; a grass widow.
  • 12) See under Grass.
  • 13) (Card Playing) In various games (such as “hearts”), any extra hand or part of a hand, as one dealt to the table. It may be taken by one of the players under certain circumstances.
  • 14) A woman who has lost her husband by death, and has not married again; one living bereaved of a husband.
  • 15) (Zoöl.) the macavahu.
  • 16) (Zoöl.) a small South American monkey (Callithrix lugens); -- so called on account of its color, which is black except the dull whitish arms, neck, and face, and a ring of pure white around the face.
  • 17) a woman whose husband is dead especially one who has not remarried
  • 18) A European geometrid moth, Cidaria luctuata, more fully called mourning widow: an English collectors' name.
  • 19) A whidah-bird.
  • 20) A woman who has lost her husband by death, In the early church, widows formed a separate class or order, whose duties were devotion and the care of the orphans, the sick, and prisoners.
  • 21) In some cardgames, an additional hand dealt to the table, sometimes face up, sometimes not.
  • 22) Widowed.
  • 23) transitive To make a widow (or widower) of someone; to cause the death of one's spouse.
  • 24) cause to be without a spouse
  • 25) To make a widow or widower of.
  • 26) To reduce to the condition of a widow; to bereave of a husband; -- rarely used except in the past participle.
  • 27) To deprive of one who is loved; to strip of anything beloved or highly esteemed; to make desolate or bare; to bereave.
  • 28) obsolete To become, or survive as, the widow of.
  • 29) rare To endow with a widow's right.


  • 1) A man whose wife has died (and who has not re-married); masculine of widow.
  • 2) A man whose spouse has died and who has not remarried.
  • 3) A man who has lost his wife by death, and has not married again.
  • 4) See the quotation.
  • 5) One who or that which widows or bereaves.
  • 6) A man who has lost his wife by death.


  • 1) A widow is set to marry a homeless man she took pity on 40 years ago.
  • 2) It is the perfect place for golf widows too.
  • 3) His brother suggested he marry a wealthy widow and settle down to write books.
  • 4) No longer do you become a footie widow at the weekends.
  • 5) My friend has recently become a widow.
  • 6) There were steps, and two elderly widows took my arms on either side to steady themselves.
  • 7) It's obviously better to be a golf divorcee than a golf widow.
  • 8) But will it be tamed to play the wealthy Viennese widow?
  • 9) And if the woman is widowed, she finds herself in your position.
  • 10) Golf widows for a year, prize turkeys for a weekend.
  • 11) His widow recalled finding his body and not crying for the cameras, insisting that the business would continue.
  • 12) A widow sets out to honour her husband's last wish with a little help from her granddaughter.
  • 13) A WAR widow who lost her bomb disposal expert husband is a mother again.
  • 14) ‘On her husband's death, a widow usually foresees a life full of harassment and humiliation.’
  • 15) ‘The right of action for wrongful death given by statute for the benefit of a widow for the death of her husband has been held not to be divested by her subsequent marriage.’
  • 16) ‘Upon the death of the husband, the widow generally stays on the land, but only if she pays the sub-headman.’
  • 17) ‘For the five years before her death his widow had donated an annual gift of £3,000 towards Burley - unknown to many in the village.’
  • 18) ‘John Carey spent his last weeks at the hospice receiving unparalleled care that gave him a dignity in death that his widow, Carol, has never forgotten.’
  • 19) ‘His widow Margitta said his death had left a ‘great vacuum’ and she paid tribute to his optimism and warmth.’
  • 20) ‘Following his death, his widow Ruth, who was just 27, quit Wiltshire and returned home to America.’
  • 21) ‘If at the time of her death, a widow leaves no eligible minor child, the payment of her share of the pension will cease.’
  • 22) ‘Married to a widow, Martha Dandridge Custis, he devoted himself to a busy and happy life.’
  • 23) ‘After Goldensohn's death, his widow sold some of his papers and bequeathed the rest to her children.’
  • 24) ‘Upon the death of a husband, a widow chooses a husband from among the dead man's brothers.’
  • 25) ‘Five widows who also lost sons unveiled the memorial in a brief ceremony.’
  • 26) ‘I'm surprised you've not served on some committee with her by now - reformed polar explorers or widows of lost seaman.’
  • 27) ‘Should widows with sizable death benefits also be entitled to short-term relief?’
  • 28) ‘They were widows, or not married, and they laid down their life for his cause.’
  • 29) ‘Although Banalata is not formally defined as a widow because she never married, she is still subject to social conventions that make her a second-class citizen.’
  • 30) ‘The tale regards the ruler as a father to the orphan, husband to the widow, brother to she who is divorced, a garment to the motherless, a just ruler who comes to the voice of those who call him.’
  • 31) ‘After his death, his widow Janaki had the good sense to collect these loose sheets and send them to Hardy.’
  • 32) ‘After his death, his widow would receive £30 per annum for the rest of her life.’
  • 33) ‘The narrative does not slacken with the news of Daniel's death and the widow's hopeless grief.’
  • 34) ‘I sneakily bought some good tickets months ago and they are coming into play to thank her for being such a good rugby widow sport during this world cup.’
  • 35) ‘The agony aunt's first quest is to help golf widow Joy to persuade husband Martin to spend more time with her and their three children.’
  • 36) ‘Last Monday, I told my girlfriends at work that this whole football widow business was driving me crazy.’
  • 37) ‘Golfers and golf widows the world over know St Andrews, know the first tee, the 18th or home green, and the backdrop of a classic Victorian building with its Greek Thomson façade.’
  • 38) ‘For golf widows, there will be a five-star Four Seasons hotel and spa that will act as an informal private club for residents.’
  • 39) ‘Golf widows will be relieved to hear that it doesn't come with free membership’
  • 40) ‘Golf widows are also catered for, with shopping excursions and spa days.’
  • 41) ‘It also has superb golf courses, so if you're a bit of a golf widow, leave him to tussle in the bunker while you slink off to the spa - it's connected to the hotel by a subterranean tunnel.’
  • 42) ‘Also, I look at my mum and see that she's a bit of a golf widow.’
  • 43) ‘If you can't get to that point, then I'd give you the same advice I gave this hockey widow, only in fishing language.’
  • 44) ‘Of course, the occasional frustrated chess widow may throw a plate or two.’
  • 45) ‘Sports widows will probably relate to Lindsey's plight, and long-suffering fans of many teams will see reflections of themselves in Ben.’
  • 46) ‘At the moment, the group is small and comprises people who are divorced, separated or widowed.’
  • 47) ‘Minus One is a social support group for separated, widowed or divorced people.’
  • 48) ‘Life Loan is available to married couples, partners and single or widowed people.’
  • 49) ‘PC Collis said the typical victim was female, aged about 70, and often recently widowed.’
  • 50) ‘She has herself been recently widowed and come to the conclusion that Horace and his fortune will make her the perfect mate.’
  • 51) ‘Add to that women who are divorced or widowed and there are now almost as many single women as there are married.’
  • 52) ‘She was surprisingly shy, considering the bold way she had recruited April as a foster mother when she became widowed.’
  • 53) ‘He could have used the same tone of voice to convey his sympathies to a recently widowed aunt.’
  • 54) ‘The first time my mother was widowed, she was left with six male dependents.’
  • 55) ‘The male is considered the head of the household, except where it is headed by a divorced or widowed woman.’
  • 56) ‘Women were also divided, with single and widowed women claiming a prior right to employment over married women.’
  • 57) ‘His old lovers are a mix of married, single and widowed women who lead a mix of uptight, safe, and slightly loopy lives.’
  • 58) ‘Those who were widowed were free to re-marry; this was an entirely different issue.’
  • 59) ‘Lennox had been widowed in 1986 when her husband Tom died at the age of 61 after a long illness.’
  • 60) ‘Weir, who was known as Peggy to her neighbours, was widowed 10 years ago.’
  • 61) ‘Fewer women are being chased from their homestead and land when widowed.’
  • 62) ‘Mrs Handley, of Highfield Avenue, Wortley, said the job became a lifeline after she was widowed five years ago.’
  • 63) ‘His reformist thinking was evident when he arranged for the remarriage of his young widowed daughter.’
  • 64) ‘Now widowed in her early 50s, she faces the future with some anxiety, despite the growing success of her work.’
  • 65) ‘They are widowed, or have never married, and are generally childless.’


  • 1) She was also criticised for failing to caution an elderly widower whose cat was suffering from emphysema.
  • 2) Similarly, it takes courage for an elderly widow and an elderly widower to get married.
  • 3) Meanwhile, his widower father had remarried.
  • 4) I do not feel that this is a proper way to conduct business with an elderly and vulnerable widower.
  • 5) The elderly widower was so smitten that before they reached journey's end he proposed to her -- and was refused.
  • 6) When somebody dies without a will, for example, a deed of variation may ensure a widow or widower can stay in their home.
  • 7) The story sounds familiar enough, widower is framed by killer, widower goes on the run.
  • 8) Ramsey Ryker, a retired widower, is having nightmares and seeing a ghost in "Horrible Imaginings".
  • 9) The widow or widower is released from the marriage contract by death ( 'til death do us part), but may continue to have an emotional connection to the deceased.
  • 10) If we had known that I don't suppose we would have called him, for a widower is even worse in a congregation than a single man.
  • 11) The widower is at liberty when his wife dies; but he mourns for her in the same way, by cutting his hair off.
  • 12) 49 I am not aware that this vivisepulture of the widower is the custom of any race, but the fable would be readily suggested by the Sati (Suttee) - rite of the Hindus.
  • 13) Royce alleged that since the widower is the slayer of Juliana M.
  • 14) Even if St. Joseph was an older widower, which is in doubt, his marriage to the Blessed Virgin, who at fourteen was of marriagable age, was not contrary to either Natural Law or the civil law of his country.
  • 15) ‘Many of the residents told to replace their sewers are retired, widows and widowers and single parents who are on a fixed income, and the cost of this replacement is a financial burden.’
  • 16) ‘Benefit chiefs today apologised to a widower after claiming his wife was still living with him - five years after her death.’
  • 17) ‘A widower, whose wife died from leukaemia last year, is appealing to people to join the bone marrow register on her birthday.’
  • 18) ‘Married to a widower with three children, her position is not much better than it was 16 years ago.’
  • 19) ‘In the past they've tried to engineer a meeting with a local widower who lost his wife and children in a car accident.’
  • 20) ‘So she is married off as the second wife of an elderly widower in a neighbouring village.’
  • 21) ‘Watching the race will be a young widower whose wife died of cervical cancer in March.’
  • 22) ‘During the next two years, approximately 40 club members, including widows, widowers, divorcees and unmarried men and women, continued to push for change.’
  • 23) ‘Since widowers have higher death rates than married people, 22 23 controlling for widowhood would be expected to reduce the relative risks in this and other studies of smoking in spouses.’
  • 24) ‘There's a string of more complicated provisions that affect, for example, widows, widowers and divorcees.’
  • 25) ‘The king was a widower, his wife having died giving birth to his daughter.’
  • 26) ‘Foster carers do not need any special qualification - young couples, single people, widows and widowers and retired couples can apply.’
  • 27) ‘We quite often have people in their late 60s and early 70s who sell their home - and married couples; not just widows or widowers - who decide that the time has come for them to move on.’
  • 28) ‘Think about what the parents, widows, widowers, and children of dead service men and women are thinking and feeling as these ‘intelligence failures’ are coming to light.’
  • 29) ‘Since then, hundreds of would-be widows and widowers have applied for what's billed as ‘post-mortem matrimony.’’
  • 30) ‘Widows and widowers in South China's Guangdong Province need not provide former marriage certificates when asking for a remarriage registration, according to the Guangzhou Daily.’
  • 31) ‘Where the widows or widowers have died there may be other surviving family, like grandchildren.’
  • 32) ‘War widows and widowers will receive more generous payouts, and rights are to be extended to same-sex partners, under the biggest shake-up of armed forces pensions since the 1890s.’
  • 33) ‘Widows and widowers aren't baggage-free either, and even those stalwarts who have remained single for half a lifetime will be carrying armfuls of ingrained habits and cherished routines.’
  • 34) ‘Northern Rivers veterans and their partners, widows and widowers and children will be better off following the latest increases in veterans' pensions and allowances.’

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