verb (used with object), hedged, hedg·ing.

verb (used without object), hedged, hedg·ing.

Nearby words

  1. hedda gabler,
  2. heddle,
  3. hedenbergite,
  4. heder,
  5. hedera,
  6. hedge apple,
  7. hedge fund,
  8. hedge garlic,
  9. hedge hyssop,
  10. hedge laying

Origin of hedge

before 900; Middle English, Old English hegge; cognate with Dutch heg, German Hecke hedge, Old Norse heggr bird cherry

Related formshedge·less, adjectiveun·hedge, verb (used with object), un·hedged, un·hedg·ing.un·hedged, adjectivewell-hedged, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for hedging



a row of shrubs, bushes, or trees forming a boundary to a field, garden, etc
a barrier or protection against something
the act or a method of reducing the risk of financial loss on an investment, bet, etc
a cautious or evasive statement
(modifier; often in combination) low, inferior, or illiteratea hedge lawyer


(tr) to enclose or separate with or as if with a hedge
(intr) to make or maintain a hedge, as by cutting and laying
(tr; often foll by in, about, or around) to hinder, obstruct, or restrict
(intr) to evade decision or action, esp by making noncommittal statements
(tr) to guard against the risk of loss in (a bet, the paying out of a win, etc), esp by laying bets with other bookmakers
(intr) to protect against financial loss through future price fluctuations, as by investing in futures
Derived Formshedger, nounhedging, nounhedgy, adjective

Word Origin for hedge

Old English hecg; related to Old High German heckia, Middle Dutch hegge; see haw 1

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Word Origin and History for hedging
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Culture definitions for hedging


The practice by which a business or investor limits risk by taking positions that tend to offset each other. For example, a business stands to lose money if the price of a commodity it holds declines, but it can offset this risk by agreeing to sell a specified amount of the commodity at a set price at some point in the future.


Hedge funds, which are investment funds usually open only to the very wealthy, grew in the 1990s. The near failure of one such fund in 1998, Long-Term Capital Management, sent shock waves through Wall Street.

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