May I be forgiven for saying so, but in Lublin, in the Jewish quarter, there isn't a house without a grass-widow!
Far be it from me to assert that every Hill grass-widow forgets her absent husband.
But she did not fancy Simla in the season as a grass-widow, and had had quite enough of being alone.
Samuel could not imagine his grass-widow, Mrs. De Ferriac, causing any very righteous blows on her own account.
My Lyddy does not care about being a grass-widow, gentlemen.
By gum, Mosey, I'd marry a grass-widow with a second-hand family before I'd do my own cooking.
He had had nothing from her except friendship and girlish romance and a grass-widow's belated affection.
1520s, originally "discarded mistress" (cf. German Strohwitwe, literally "straw-widow"), probably in reference to casual bedding. Sense of "married woman whose husband is absent" is from 1846.
[G]rasse wydowes ... be yet as seuerall as a barbours chayre and neuer take but one at onys. [More, 1528]
A woman who is alone because of divorce, separation, rejection, etc
[1839+; because her husband is still above the grass rather than under it]