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widder (plural widders)
- Eye dialect spelling of widow.
1858, Various, The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 2, Number 9, July, 1858:
- 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!"
1901, Charles W. Chesnutt, The Marrow of Tradition:
- 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:
- I wouldn't like the missus to be a widder: she's too darn good-lookin'."
1958, Robert W. Service, Ballads of a Bohemian:
- 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.