- a row of closely planted shrubs, bushes, or trees forming a boundary or fence
- anything serving as a fence or barrier; restriction or defense
- the act or an instance of hedging
Origin of hedgeMiddle English hegge from Old English hecg, akin to German hecke from Indo-European base an unverified form kagh-, wickerwork, wickerwork pen from source Old Norse heggr, Classical Latin caulae, sheepfold: basic sense “woven fence, enclosure”
- of, in, or near a hedge
- low, disreputable, irregular, etc.
transitive verbhedged, hedg′ing
- to place a hedge around or along; border or bound with a hedge
- to hinder or guard as by surrounding with a barrier: often with in
- to try to avoid or lessen loss in connection with (a bet, risk, etc.) by making counterbalancing bets, investments, etc.
- to hide or protect oneself, as if behind a hedge
- to hide behind words; refuse to commit oneself or give a direct answer
- to try to avoid or lessen loss by making counterbalancing bets, investments, etc.