verb (used with object), hedged, hedg·ing.
verb (used without object), hedged, hedg·ing.
- hedda gabler,
- hedge apple,
- hedge fund,
- hedge garlic,
- hedge hyssop,
- hedge laying
Origin of hedge
Examples from the Web for unhedged
It is only to the indiscriminate and unhedged form of M. Bourget's statement that objection need be made.The Land of Contrasts|James Fullarton Muirhead
Being farmers mostly, they are interested in the unhedged fields and the acres of cloches.Letters to Helen|Keith Henderson
They had overshot the last house and were facing an unhedged expanse of roots and crisp furrows before he overtook her.Lady Lilith|Stephen McKenna
Word Origin for hedge
late 14c., "make a hedge," also "surround with a barricade or palisade;" from hedge (n.). The sense of "dodge, evade" is first recorded 1590s. That of "insure oneself against loss," as in a bet, by playing something on the other side is from 1670s, originally with in; probably from an earlier use of hedge in meaning "secure (a debt) by including it in a larger one which has better security" (1610s). Related: Hedged; hedging. The noun in the wagering sense is from 1736.
Old English hecg, originally any fence, living or artificial, from West Germanic *khagja (cf. Middle Dutch hegge, Dutch heg, Old High German hegga, German Hecke "hedge"), from PIE *kagh- "to catch, seize; wickerwork, fence" (cf. Latin caulae "a sheepfold, enclosure," Gaulish caio "circumvallation," Welsh cae "fence, hedge"). Related to Old English haga "enclosure, hedge" (see haw). Figurative sense of "boundary, barrier" is from mid-14c. Prefixed to any word, it "notes something mean, vile, of the lowest class" [Johnson], from contemptuous attributive sense of "plying one's trade under a hedge" (hedge-priest, hedge-lawyer, hedge-wench, etc.), a usage attested from 1530s.