adjective, verb (used with or without object), oped, op·ing. Literary.




a newspaper page devoted to signed articles by commentators, essayists, humorists, etc., of varying viewpoints: the Op-Ed of today's New York Times.

Origin of Op-Ed

1965–70, Americanism; op(posite) ed(itorial page)
Also called Op-Ed page.
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Examples from the Web for oped

Contemporary Examples of oped

Historical Examples of oped

  • I tell you frankly I 'oped you wouldn't hear of it, because after all the girl's got her punishment.


    John Galsworthy

  • Hath he oped his eyen into the world chained to a hand's-breadth o' soil?

    Long Will

    Florence Converse

  • And some day he “oped” to go to “Hamerica” and there own a kitchen all for himself.

    Through Scandinavia to Moscow

    William Seymour Edwards

  • Jaufry and Brunissende the fair alone nor ate nor oped their lips.

  • The ham was never too good in Liverpool, but she 'oped that it wasn't "reesty."

    The Master of Silence

    Irving Bacheller

British Dictionary definitions for oped


verb, adjective

an archaic or poetic word for open



  1. a page of a newspaper where varying opinions are expressed by columnists, commentators, etc
  2. (as modifier)an op-ed column in the New York Times

Word Origin for op-ed

C20: from op (posite) ed (itorial page)
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Word Origin and History for oped



short for open (adj.), early 13c. "not closed; not hidden;" originally as awake is from awaken, etc. As a verb from mid-15c. Middle English had ope-head "bare-headed" (c.1300).



1970, in reference to the page of a newspaper opposite the editorial page, usually devoted to personal opinion columns. The thing itself said to have been pioneered by the New York "World."

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