[wahyd-oh-puh n]


opened to the full extent: a wide-open window.
lacking laws or strict enforcement of laws concerning liquor, vice, gambling, etc.: a wide-open town.

Origin of wide-open

First recorded in 1850–55
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Related Words for wide-open

licentious, wild

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Contemporary Examples of wide-open

Historical Examples of wide-open

  • His father lay on the bed with staring, wide-open eyes,—he was dead.

    Rico and Wiseli

    Johanna Spyri

  • They looked at her with wide-open eyes and then went back to the old word.

    A Singer from the Sea

    Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

  • "Why, of course I am," she exclaimed, with wide-open surprise.

  • They were of the wide-open kind, and looked at one frankly in every mood.

  • His face was pale, and there was a startled, wide-open look in his eyes that Westray did not like.

    The Nebuly Coat

    John Meade Falkner

British Dictionary definitions for wide-open


adjective (wide open when postpositive)

open to the full extent
(postpositive) exposed to attack; vulnerable
uncertain as to outcome
US informal (of a town or city) lax in the enforcement of certain laws, esp those relating to the sale and consumption of alcohol, gambling, the control of vice, etc
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