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
Related formswide·ness, nouno·ver·wide, adjectiveo·ver·wide·ly, adverbo·ver·wide·ness, nounsu·per·wide, adjectiveul·tra·wide, adjective

Synonyms for wide

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.

Antonyms for wide

1. narrow.
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Examples from the Web for wider

Contemporary Examples of wider

Historical Examples of wider

  • The path was wider and more worn now--almost a thoroughfare, in fact.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • In 1825, he sought a wider field of action and removed to Boston.

  • And every new embodiment of a known truth must be a new and wider revelation.

    A Dish Of Orts

    George MacDonald

  • And every day thereafter found him out and ranging a wider area.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • The range of our talk was tremendous, and the wider we ranged the closer we drew.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

British Dictionary definitions for wider



having a great extent from side to side
of vast size or scope; spacious or extensive
  1. (postpositive)having a specified extent, esp from side to sidetwo yards wide
  2. (in combination)covering or extending throughoutnationwide
distant or remote from the desired point, mark, etcyour guess is wide of the mark
(of eyes) opened fully
loose, full, or roomywide trousers
exhibiting a considerable spread, as between certain limitsa wide variation
phonetics another word for lax (def. 4), open (def. 34)


over an extensive areato travel far and wide
to the full extenthe opened the door wide
far from the desired point, mark, etc


(in cricket) a bowled ball that is outside the batsman's reach and scores a run for the batting side
archaic, or poetic a wide space or extent
to the wide completely
Derived Formswidely, adverbwideness, nounwidish, adjective

Word Origin for wide

Old English wīd; related to Old Norse vīthr, Old High German wīt
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Word Origin and History for wider



Old English wid, from Proto-Germanic *widas (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian wid, Old Norse viðr, Dutch wijd, Old High German wit, German weit), perhaps from PIE *wi-ito-, from root *wi- "apart, away." Wide open "unguarded, exposed to attack" (1915) originally was in boxing, etc. Wide awake (adj.) is first recorded 1818; figurative sense of "alert, knowing" is attested from 1833.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with wider


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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