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1 a region marking a boundary [syn: brink, threshold]
2 the limit beyond which something happens or changes; "on the verge of tears"; "on the brink of bankruptcy" [syn: brink]
3 a ceremonial or emblematic staff [syn: scepter, sceptre, wand]
4 a grass border along a road v : border on; come close to; "His behavior verges on the criminal"

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Etymology 1

From etyl frm verge, hence "scope, territory dominated," from etyl la virga, of unknown origin. Earliest attested sense in English is now-obsolete meaning "male member, penis" (c.1400). Modern sense is from the notion of 'within the verge' (1509, also as Anglo-Fr. dedeinz la verge), i.e. "subject to the Lord High Steward's authority" (as symbolized by the rod of office), originally a 12-mile radius round the royal court, which sense shifted to "the outermost edge of an expanse or area."


  1. A rod or staff of office, e.g. of a verger.
  2. An edge or border.
  3. A male rod, phallus
  4. Figuratively, an extreme limit beyond which something specific will happen
    I was on the verge of tears.
rod or staff of office
edge or border
extreme limit

Etymology 2

From vergere "to bend, turn, tend toward, incline," from the Proto-Indo-European werg- "to turn", itself from a root wer- "to turn, bend" (cfr. versus); strongly influenced by the homonymous noun verge in its verbal form meaning "to be adjacent to"


  1. To come very close; to border; to approach.
    Eating blowfish verges on insanity.
to come very close


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Extensive Definition

Verge may refer to:
  • Verge (gaming), which stands for Vecna's Extraordinary Roleplaying Game Engine
  • Road verge or simply Verge - the edge of a road which is sometimes called in the USA a tree lawn, or Roadside.
  • Verge escapement, a clock escapement mechanism
verge in French: Verge

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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