In the 1800s the abbreviation "wid" is used in city directories.
The first speculation is with a female listed first at an address, the term is used to designate a Widow with the male name following.

For example: Scott, Matilda wid Robert = Widowed?

One contemporary site lists wid = with. Hence Scott, Matilda with Robert.

Which is it?

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    Contemporary means "from the same time" and refers to the time of the source material, the 1800s city directories, so modern would be a better word. – Hugo May 9 '12 at 7:14

Wid = widow/widower (ref: dictionary.com) is the sense used in your city directory

Wid = with is used as a slang in chat, sms, etc

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    Wid= with originated as an internet slang. – Fr0zenFyr May 8 '12 at 14:49
  • @zpletan: thanks for the edit, looks complete now. ;) 'wid', 'wth', 'wit' are used as slangs for 'with'. – Fr0zenFyr May 8 '12 at 15:00
  • wth wouldn't work, it looks like "what the heck" – Pacerier May 8 '12 at 17:48
  • Wid Robert = Widow of Robert (since no-one's mentioned that so far) – Andrew Leach May 8 '12 at 21:58
  • @Fr0zenFyr: Is "wid" for "with" really Internet slang? I always thought it was regional American dialect and much older. For example, in Philadelphia one can order a "cheesesteak wid", meaning "with onions". It's pronounced and often spelled like that, and my impression is this is by no means recent. – Nate Eldredge May 9 '12 at 13:18

Wid means a widow or a widower. Wid (internet slang) also means "with".

Internet slang like "wid" or "dat" or "g8" are short for normal words.

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    They are "slang" or "slang words", not "slangs". – Colin Fine May 8 '12 at 22:59
  • Slang words are considered words too. – Hugo May 9 '12 at 7:10

WID can also mean "divorced" .... shows up in City Directories and Censuses. So don't assume that the spouse is dead. My great-grandmother was "WID" and her divorced husband died after her.

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