GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle High German witewe, from Old High German wituwa, from Proto-West Germanic *widuwā, from Proto-Germanic *widuwǭ, from Proto-Indo-European *h₁widʰéwh₂ (widow). Germanic cognates include Dutch weduwe, Old Saxon widowa, Old English widuwe, whence English widow, which see.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈvɪtvə/, [ˈvɪtʋə], [ˈʋɪtʋə] (standard)
  • IPA(key): /ˈvɪtfə/ (also common)
  • (file)

NounEdit

Witwe f (genitive Witwe, plural Witwen, male Witwer)

  1. widow

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SynonymsEdit

  • Witfrau (dialectal throughout High German; rarely standard)
  • Wittib, Witib (southern Germany, Austria; now dialectal)

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