What does hedge mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hedge, hedgerow(noun)

    a fence formed by a row of closely planted shrubs or bushes

  2. hedge, hedging(noun)

    any technique designed to reduce or eliminate financial risk; for example, taking two positions that will offset each other if prices change

  3. hedge, hedging(verb)

    an intentionally noncommittal or ambiguous statement

    "when you say `maybe' you are just hedging"

  4. hedge, fudge, evade, put off, circumvent, parry, elude, skirt, dodge, duck, sidestep(verb)

    avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)

    "He dodged the issue"; "she skirted the problem"; "They tend to evade their responsibilities"; "he evaded the questions skillfully"

  5. hedge(verb)

    hinder or restrict with or as if with a hedge

    "The animals were hedged in"

  6. hedge, hedge in(verb)

    enclose or bound in with or as it with a hedge or hedges

    "hedge the property"

  7. hedge(verb)

    minimize loss or risk

    "diversify your financial portfolio to hedge price risks"; "hedge your bets"


  1. Hedge(v. t.)

    To protect oneself against excessive loss in an activity by taking a countervailing action; as, to hedge an investment denominated in a foreign currency by buying or selling futures in that currency; to hedge a donation to one political party by also donating to the opposed political party.


  1. hedge(Noun)

    A thicket of bushes, usually thorn bushes; especially, such a thicket planted as a fence between any two portions of land; and also any sort of shrubbery, as evergreens, planted in a line or as a fence; particularly, such a thicket planted round a field to fence it, or in rows to separate the parts of a garden.

    He trims the hedge once a week.

  2. hedge(Noun)

    A non-committal or intentionally ambiguous statement.

  3. hedge(Noun)

    Contract or arrangement reducing one's exposure to risk (for example the risk of price movements or interest rate movements).

    The asset class acts as a hedge.

  4. hedge(Noun)

    Used attributively, with figurative indication of a person's upbringing, or professional activities, taking place by the side of the road; third-rate.

  5. hedge(Verb)

    To enclose.

  6. hedge(Verb)

    To obstruct.

  7. hedge(Verb)

    To offset the risk associated with.

  8. hedge(Verb)

    To avoid verbal commitment.

    He carefully hedged his statements with weasel words.

  9. hedge(Verb)

    To construct or repair a hedge.

  10. hedge(Verb)

    To reduce one's exposure to risk.

  11. Origin: From hegge, from hecg, from hagjō (compare Dutch heg, German Hecke), from kagʰyo-. More at haw.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hedge(noun)

    a thicket of bushes, usually thorn bushes; especially, such a thicket planted as a fence between any two portions of land; and also any sort of shrubbery, as evergreens, planted in a line or as a fence; particularly, such a thicket planted round a field to fence it, or in rows to separate the parts of a garden

  2. Hedge(verb)

    to inclose or separate with a hedge; to fence with a thickly set line or thicket of shrubs or small trees; as, to hedge a field or garden

  3. Hedge(verb)

    to obstruct, as a road, with a barrier; to hinder from progress or success; -- sometimes with up and out

  4. Hedge(verb)

    to surround for defense; to guard; to protect; to hem (in)

  5. Hedge(verb)

    to surround so as to prevent escape

  6. Hedge(verb)

    to shelter one's self from danger, risk, duty, responsibility, etc., as if by hiding in or behind a hedge; to skulk; to slink; to shirk obligations

  7. Hedge(verb)

    to reduce the risk of a wager by making a bet against the side or chance one has bet on

  8. Hedge(verb)

    to use reservations and qualifications in one's speech so as to avoid committing one's self to anything definite

  9. Origin: [OE. hegge, AS. hecg; akin to haga an inclosure, E. haw, AS. hege hedge, E. haybote, D. hegge, OHG. hegga, G. hecke. 12. See Haw a hedge.]


  1. Hedge

    A hedge or hedgerow is a line of closely spaced shrubs and tree species, planted and trained to form a barrier or to mark the boundary of an area. Hedges used to separate a road from adjoining fields or one field from another, and of sufficient age to incorporate larger trees, are known as hedgerows. It is also a simple form of topiary.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hedge

    hej, n. a thicket of bushes: a fence round a field, &c.: any means of protection.—v.t. to enclose with a hedge: to obstruct: to surround: to guard: to protect one's self from loss by betting on both sides.—v.i. to shuffle: to be shifty: to skulk.—ns. Hedge′bill, Hedg′ing-bill, a bill or hatchet for dressing hedges.—adj. Hedge′-born, of low birth, as if born under a hedge or in the woods: low: obscure.—ns. Hedge′bote, an old word for the right of a tenant to cut wood on the farm or land for repairing the hedges or fences; Hedge′-creep′er, a sneaking rogue; Hedge′hog, a small prickly-backed quadruped, so called from living in hedges and bushes, and its resemblance to a hog or pig; Hedge′hog-plant, a species of medick, having the pods spirally twisted and rolled up into a ball beset with spines; Hedge′hog-this′tle, hedgehog-cactus; Hedge′-hyss′op, a European perennial plant of the figwort family, with emetic and purgative qualities; Hedge′-knife, an instrument for trimming hedges; Hedge′-mar′riage, a clandestine marriage; Hedge′-mus′tard, a genus of plants of order Cruciferæ, annual or rarely perennial, with small yellow or white flowers; Hedge′-note, a valueless literary attempt; Hedge′-par′son, a mean parson, generally illiterate; Hedge′pig (Shak.), a young hedgehog; Hedge′-priest, an ignorant itinerant priest; Hedg′er, one who dresses hedges; Hedge′row, a row of trees or shrubs for hedging fields; Hedge′-school, an open-air school kept by the side of a hedge in Ireland; Hedge′-shrew, the field-mouse; Hedge′-sparr′ow, Hedge′-war′bler, a little singing bird, like a sparrow, which frequents hedges; Hedge′-writ′er, a Grub-street author; Hedg′ing, the work of a hedger.—adj. Hedg′y. [A.S. hecg, hegg; Dut. hegge, Ger. hecke.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. HEDGE

    A fence. HEDGEHOG One who hogs the fences. A Bill-Poster.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. hedge

    To surround for defense; to fortify; to guard; to protect; to hem. To surround so as to prevent escape.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'hedge' in Nouns Frequency: #2219

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hedge in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hedge in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of hedge in a Sentence

  1. Scott Elisha:

    I think it's more of a hedge.

  2. German Proverb:

    A hedge between keeps friendship green.

  3. Brian Busch:

    There's no reason to unwind a hedge yet.

  4. John Ray:

    Love thy neighbor, but pull not down thy hedge.

  5. Donald Trump:

    The hedge fund guys are getting away with murder.

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