[ wahyd-oh-puh n ]
/ ˈwaɪdˈoʊ pən /


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.

Nearby words

  1. wide-angle lens,
  2. wide-area network,
  3. wide-awake,
  4. wide-body,
  5. wide-eyed,
  6. wide-ranging,
  7. wide-screen,
  8. wide-spreading,
  9. widebody,
  10. widely

Origin of wide-open

First recorded in 1850–55

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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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