- The definition of wide is extending over a large area, of great range or of greater than normal size.
An example of something wide is a larger than average sized foot.
- Wide is defined as over a large area, or to a large extent.
An example of wide used as an adverb is in the phrase "to read wide," which means to read a large range of books.
- Wide is a cricket term meaning a ball that was bowled out of batman's reach, which is counted as a run for the batter.
An example of a wide is a way of scoring a run for the batting team.
A man with his arms open wide.
- extending over a large area; esp., extending over a larger area from side to side than is usual or normal: a wide bed
- of a specified extent from side to side: three miles wide
- of great extent, range, or inclusiveness: a wide variety, wide reading
- roomy; ample; loose; full: wide pants
- open or extended to full width: eyes wide with fear
- landing, striking, or ending far from the point, issue, etc. aimed at: usually with of: wide of the target
- ☆ having a relatively low proportion of protein: said of livestock feed
- Phonet. lax ()
Origin of wideMiddle English ; from Old English wid, akin to German weit ; from Indo-European an unverified form wi-itos, literally , gone apart (; from bases an unverified form wi-, apart + an unverified form ei-, to go) from source Classical Latin vitare, literally , to go away from, avoid
- over a relatively large area; widely: to travel far and wide
- to a large or full extent; fully: with the door wide open
- so as to miss the point, issue, etc. aimed at; astray: shots that went wide
- Rare a wide area
- Cricket a ball bowled out of the batsman's reach, counted as a run for the batting team
- a. Having a specified extent from side to side: a ribbon two inches wide.b. Extending over a great distance from side to side; broad: a wide road; a wide necktie.
- Having great extent or range; including much or many: a wide selection; granting wide powers; wide variations.
- Fully open or extended: look with wide eyes.
- a. To the side of or at a distance from a given boundary, limit, or goal: a shot that was wide of the target.b. Baseball Outside.c. Sports Being toward or near one of the side boundaries of a playing area, such as a sideline on a football field.
- Deviating or straying from something expected or specified: a remark that was wide of the truth.
- Linguistics Lax.
adverbwider wider, widest widest
- Over a great distance; extensively: traveled far and wide.
- To the full extent; completely.
- To the side of or at a distance from a given boundary, limit, or goal.
- Sports Toward or near one of the sides of a playing area: ran wide to catch a pass.
Origin of wideMiddle English, from Old English wīd; see wi- in Indo-European roots.
Origin of -wideFrom wide.
(comparative wider, superlative widest)
- Having a large physical extent from side to side.
- We walked down a wide corridor.
- Large in scope.
- The inquiry had a wide remit.
- (sports) Operating at the side of the playing area.
- That team needs a decent wide player.
- On one side or the other of the mark; too far sideways from the mark, the wicket, the batsman, etc.
- Too bad! That was a great passing-shot, but it's wide.
- (phonetics, dated) Made, as a vowel, with a less tense, and more open and relaxed, condition of the organs in the mouth.
- Remote; distant; far.
- It is far wide that the people have such judgments.
- How wide is all this long pretence!
(comparative wider, superlative widest)
From Middle English wid, wyd, from Old English wīd (“wide, vast, broad, long; distant, far”), from Proto-Germanic *wīdaz, from Proto-Indo-European *wī- (“apart, asunder, in two”), from Proto-Indo-European *weye- (“to drive, separate”). Cognate with Scots wyd, wid (“of great extent; vast”), West Frisian wiid (“broad; wide”), Dutch wijd (“wide; large; broad”), German weit (“far; wide; broad”), Swedish vid (“wide”), Icelandic víður (“wide”), Latin dīvidō (“separate, sunder”), Latin vītō (“avoid, shun”). Related to widow.