verb (used with object), wedged, wedg·ing.

verb (used without object), wedged, wedg·ing.

to force a way like a wedge (usually followed by in, into, through, etc.): The box won't wedge into such a narrow space.

Origin of wedge

before 900; Middle English wegge (noun), Old English wecg; cognate with dialectal German Weck (Old High German wecki), Old Norse veggr
Related formswedge·like, adjectiveun·wedge, verb (used with object), un·wedged, un·wedg·ing.

Synonyms for wedge

Regional variation note

10. See hero sandwich. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for wedge

chunk, cusp, taper, spire, quoin, cleat, lump, keystone, prong, block, shim, cotter, chock

Examples from the Web for wedge

Contemporary Examples of wedge

Historical Examples of wedge

  • Here they stood in the form of a wedge; there they turned the Normans, and put them to flight.

    English Villages

    P. H. Ditchfield

  • He's a good enough fellow—but he'll drive a wedge into our life.

    The Coryston Family

    Mrs. Humphry Ward

  • There must be more giving of ourselves if that wedge is to be widened in the disc.

    Things as They Are

    Amy Wilson-Carmichael

  • She found a wedge of wood at the other side and drew it out.

    The Treasure Trail

    Marah Ellis Ryan

  • The hair, of course, must be brought over the wedge in an even ribbon.

British Dictionary definitions for wedge



a block of solid material, esp wood or metal, that is shaped like a narrow V in cross section and can be pushed or driven between two objects or parts of an object in order to split or secure them
any formation, structure, or substance in the shape of a wedgea wedge of cheese
something such as an idea, action, etc, that tends to cause division
a shoe with a wedge heel
golf a club with a face angle of more than 50°, used for bunker shots (sand wedge) or pitch shots (pitching wedge)
a wedge-shaped extension of the high pressure area of an anticyclone, narrower than a ridge
mountaineering a wedge-shaped device, formerly of wood, now usually of hollow steel, for hammering into a crack to provide an anchor point
any of the triangular characters used in cuneiform writing
(formerly) a body of troops formed in a V-shape
photog a strip of glass coated in such a way that it is clear at one end but becomes progressively more opaque towards the other end: used in making measurements of transmission density
British slang a bribe
thin end of the wedge anything unimportant in itself that implies the start of something much larger


(tr) to secure with or as if with a wedge
to squeeze or be squeezed like a wedge into a narrow space
(tr) to force apart or divide with or as if with a wedge
Derived Formswedgelike, adjectivewedgy, adjective

Word Origin for wedge

Old English wecg; related to Old Saxon weggi, Old High German wecki, Old Norse veggr wall
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Word Origin and History for wedge

Old English wecg "a wedge," from Proto-Germanic *wagjaz (cf. Old Norse veggr, Middle Dutch wegge, Dutch wig, Old High German weggi "wedge," German Weck "wedge-shaped bread roll"), of unknown origin. Wedge issue is attested from 1999.


mid-15c., from wedge (n.). Related: Wedged; wedging.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with wedge


see thin edge of the wedge.

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