Origin of edged
verb (used with object), edged, edg·ing.
- to turn (a piece to be rolled) onto its edge.
- to roll (a piece set on edge).
- to give (a piece) a desired width by passing between vertical rolls.
- to rough (a piece being forged) so that the bulk is properly distributed for final forging.
verb (used without object), edged, edg·ing.
- (of a person or a person's nerves) acutely sensitive; nervous; tense.
- impatient; eager: The contestants were on edge to learn the results.
Origin of edge
Synonyms for edge
Related Words for edgedperimeter, end, boundary, point, fringe, tip, mouth, side, shore, rim, lip, peak, verge, threshold, corner, line, margin, brink, outskirt, superiority
Examples from the Web for edged
Contemporary Examples of edged
Obama seems to have edged into the text by virtue of being dubbed “Mr. Cool” in a magazine article.Defining American Cool From Walt Whitman to Tina Fey and Johnny Depp
March 25, 2014
He has since edged closer to the center, angering one-time Tea Party allies.Swing States Sit Out Obamacare: What Four Holdouts Are Doing
September 27, 2013
Danzig was under serious consideration to be secretary of Defense after Obama was elected but was edged out by Robert Gates.The Short List of Candidates to Replace Janet Napolitano at DHS
July 12, 2013
Fox edged a bit closer to the center, and Palin began to seem more the Julianne Moore of Game Change than a political force.Fox Made Limited Effort to Keep Sarah Palin
January 26, 2013
A matchup against Clinton and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, whom she edged 44 percent to 42 percent, could be much closer.Who's the Toughest Republican Against Hillary?
January 11, 2013
Historical Examples of edged
He took his arm away from Maggie's waist, and edged a little away from her.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
I edged my way through the crowd and pushed through the court-room door.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
They were blue eyes, blue and shallow as a doll's, and edged with long, fine lashes.
So that her next attempt to draw him out was edged with temper.
He edged a hand inside the suit again and turned off his radio.Satellite System
Horace Brown Fyfe
- a line along which two faces or surfaces of a solid meet
- a line joining two vertices of a graph
- a cliff, ridge, or hillside
- (capital)(in place names)Hade Edge
- nervously irritable; tense
- nervously excited or eager
Word Origin for edge
late 13c., "to give an edge to" (implied in past participle egged), from edge (n.). Meaning "to move edgeways (with the edge toward the spectator), advance slowly" is from 1620s, originally nautical. Meaning "to defeat by a narrow margin" is from 1953. The meaning "urge on, incite" (16c.) often must be a mistake for egg (v.). Related: Edged; edging.
Old English ecg "corner, edge, point," also "sword" (cf. ecgplega, literally "edge play," ecghete, literally "edge hate," both used poetically for "battle"), from Proto-Germanic *agjo (cf. Old Frisian egg "edge;" Old Saxon eggia "point, edge;" Middle Dutch egghe, Dutch eg; Old Norse egg, see egg (v.); Old High German ecka, German Eck "corner"), from PIE root *ak- "sharp, pointed" (cf. Sanskrit asrih "edge," Latin acies, Greek akis "point;" see acrid).
Spelling development of Old English -cg to Middle English -gg to Modern English -dge represents a widespread shift in pronunciation. To get the edge on (someone) is U.S. colloquial, first recorded 1911. Edge city is from Joel Garreau's 1992 book of that name. Razor's edge as a perilous narrow path translates Greek epi xyrou akmes. To have (one's) teeth on edge is from late 14c., though "It is not quite clear what is the precise notion originally expressed in this phrase" [OED].
In addition to the idioms beginning with edge
- edge in
- edge out
- 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