[ wahyd ]
/ waɪd /

adjective, wid·er, wid·est.



Cricket. a bowled ball that goes wide of the wicket, and counts as a run for the side batting.
Archaic. a wide space or expanse.

Origin of wide

before 900; Middle English; Old English wīd; cognate with Dutch wijd, German weit, Old Norse vīthr


1 Wide, broad refer to dimensions. They are often interchangeable, but wide especially applies to things of which the length is much greater than the width: a wide road, piece of ribbon. Broad is more emphatic, and applies to things of considerable or great width, breadth, or extent, especially to surfaces extending laterally: a broad valley.
3 boundless; comprehensive; ample.

Related forms

Definition for wide (2 of 2)


a combining form of wide, forming from nouns adjectives with the general sense “extending or applying throughout a given space,” as specified by the noun: communitywide; countrywide; worldwide.
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British Dictionary definitions for wide


/ (waɪd) /




Derived Forms

widely, adverbwideness, nounwidish, adjective

Word Origin for wide

Old English wīd; related to Old Norse vīthr, Old High German wīt
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Idioms and Phrases with wide


In addition to the idioms beginning with wide

  • wide awake
  • wide open

also see:

  • all wool and a yard wide
  • cut a wide swath
  • far and wide
  • give a wide berth to
  • lay (oneself wide) open
  • leave (wide) open
  • off (wide of) the mark
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