[ wej ]
/ wɛdʒ /


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.

Nearby words

  1. wedding-cake,
  2. wedekind,
  3. wedekind, frank,
  4. wedel,
  5. wedeln,
  6. wedge bone,
  7. wedge heel,
  8. wedge issue,
  9. wedge pressure,
  10. wedge resection

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.

Regional variation note

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

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British Dictionary definitions for wedge


/ (wɛdʒ) /



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
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Idioms and Phrases with wedge


see thin edge of the wedge.

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