grass widow

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From grass + widow. Compare Dutch grasweduwe, Swedish gräsänka, German Strohwitwe.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɡɹɑːs ˌwɪdəʊ/


grass widow ‎(plural grass widows)

  1. An unmarried woman who has lived with several different men; a former mistress. [from 16th c.]
  2. A married woman whose husband is away. [from 19th c.]
    • 1974, GB Edwards, The Book of Ebenezer Le Page, New York 2007, p. 226:
      I was disappointed when it was her who opened the door and said, ‘Ah, I had a feeling you were thinking about me! Come in, come in, do! I am a grass widow.’

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  • prof. dr. W. Martin, prof. dr. G.A.J. Tops, Groot Woordenboek Engels–Nederlands, Van Dale Lexicografie, Utrecht/Antwerpen, 1998 [English–Dutch dictionary]