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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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

British Dictionary definitions for unhedged



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 unhedged
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