widder

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widder (plural widders)

  1. Eye dialect spelling of widow.
    • 1858, Various, The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 2, Number 9, July, 1858[1]:
      At the sewing- society the matter was fully discussed. Mrs. Greenfield, the doctor's wife, admitted that it would be an excellent match, "jest a child apiece, both on 'em well brought up, used to good company, and all that; but, land's sakes! he, with his mint o' money, a'n't a-goin' to marry a poor widder that ha'n't got nothin' but her husband's pictur' and her boy,--not he!"
    • 1884, William O. Stoddard, Dab Kinzer[2]:
      And then, before the public mind had become sufficiently settled to inquire into the matter, the rumor changed itself into a piece of positive news:-- "The widder Kinzer's moved over into Ham's house, bag and baggage."
    • 1901, Charles W. Chesnutt, The Marrow of Tradition[3]:
      She wuz a widder fer de secon' time, an' didn' have no child'en, an' could jes' as well come as not. "
    • 1920, Marie Conway Oemler, The Purple Heights[4]:
      I wouldn't like the missus to be a widder: she's too darn good-lookin'."
    • 1958, Robert W. Service, Ballads of a Bohemian[5]:
      There was five of us lads from the brickyard; 'Enry was gassed at Bapome, Sydney was drowned in a crater, 'Erbert was 'alved by a shell; Joe was the pick o' the posy, might 'a bin sifely at 'ome, Only son of 'is mother, 'er a widder as well.