[width, witth or, often, with]


extent from side to side; breadth; wideness.
a piece of the full wideness, as of cloth.

Nearby words

  1. widow's walk,
  2. widowed,
  3. widower,
  4. widowhood,
  5. widowly,
  6. widthwise,
  7. widukind,
  8. wie geht's,
  9. wieland,
  10. wieland, christoph martin

Origin of width

1620–30; wide + -th1, modeled on breadth, etc.

Can be confusedwidth with

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British Dictionary definitions for width



the linear extent or measurement of something from side to side, usually being the shortest dimension or (for something fixed) the shortest horizontal dimension
the state or fact of being wide
a piece or section of something at its full extent from side to sidea width of cloth
the distance across a rectangular swimming bath, as opposed to its length

Word Origin for width

C17: from wide + -th 1, analogous to breadth

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Word Origin and History for width



1620s, formed from wide on model of breadth, and replacing wideness. Johnson (1755) calls it "a low word."

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