Nearby words

  1. edessa,
  2. edetate calcium disodium,
  3. edetic acid,
  4. edgar,
  5. edgar atheling,
  6. edge cities,
  7. edge city,
  8. edge effect,
  9. edge in,
  10. edge molding


Origin of edge

before 1000; Middle English egge, Old English ecg; cognate with German Ecke corner; akin to Latin aciēs, Greek akís point

Related formsedge·less, adjectiveout·edge, verb (used with object), out·edged, out·edg·ing.un·der·edge, nounun·edge, verb (used with object), un·edged, un·edg·ing.

Synonym study

1. Edge, border, margin refer to a boundary. An edge is the boundary line of a surface or plane: the edge of a table. Border is the boundary of a surface or the strip adjacent to it, inside or out: a border of lace. Margin is a limited strip, generally unoccupied, at the extremity of an area: the margin of a page. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for edge in



the border, brim, or margin of a surface, object, etc
a brink or vergethe edge of a cliff; the edge of a breakthrough
  1. a line along which two faces or surfaces of a solid meet
  2. a line joining two vertices of a graph
the sharp cutting side of a blade
keenness, sharpness, or urgencythe walk gave an edge to his appetite
force, effectiveness, or incisivenessthe performance lacked edge
  1. a cliff, ridge, or hillside
  2. (capital)(in place names)Hade Edge
have the edge on or have the edge over to have a slight advantage or superiority (over)
on edge
  1. nervously irritable; tense
  2. nervously excited or eager
set someone's teeth on edge to make someone acutely irritated or uncomfortable


(tr) to provide an edge or border for
(tr) to shape or trim (the edge or border of something), as with a knife or scissorsto edge a pie
to push (one's way, someone, something, etc) gradually, esp edgeways
(tr) cricket to hit (a bowled ball) with the edge of the bat
(tr) to tilt (a ski) sideways so that one edge digs into the snow
(tr) to sharpen (a knife, etc)
Derived Formsedgeless, adjectiveedger, noun

Word Origin for edge

Old English ecg; related to Old Norse egg, Old High German ecka edge, Latin aciēs sharpness, Greek akis point

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Word Origin and History for edge in
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Idioms and Phrases with edge in

edge in

Work into a limited space or time; move gradually or hesitantly; insert. For example, The train was crowded but I managed to edge in, or Everyone was talking at once and he barely managed to edge in a word. [Mid-1600s] Also see get a word in edgewise.


In addition to the idioms beginning with edge

  • edge in
  • edge out

also see:

  • cutting edge
  • get a word in edgewise
  • have the edge on
  • on edge
  • on the edge
  • over the edge
  • set one's teeth on edge
  • take the edge off
  • thin edge of the wedge
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