NounVerge (plural Verges)
- A rod or staff of office, e.g. of a verger.
- An edge or border.
- (UK, New Zealand) The grassy area between the sidewalk and the street; a tree lawn.
- (obsolete) A male rod, phallus
- (figuratively) An extreme limit beyond which something specific will happen
- I was on the verge of tears.
- (intransitive) To be or come very close; to border; to approach.
- Eating blowfish verges on insanity.
Adjectives for Verge
utmost; inclusive; uppermost; farthest; beetling; -extreme; outward.
Verbs for Verge
achieve—; ascend to—; approach—; attain —; skirt—; steer to—; tread on—; —borders; —bounds; —encloses.
about to, abut, abut on, adjoin, aim, approach, armory, badge, badge of office, badges, bank, baton, be contiguous, be in contact, bear, befringe, bend to, bias, bind, blazonry, board, border, border line, border on, bordure, bound, boundaries, boundary, bounds, bourns, brassard, brim, brink, brow, butt, button, cap and gown, chain, chain of office, circumference, circumscription, class ring, coast, cockade, collar, communicate, compass, conduce, confines, conjoin, connect, contribute, coordinates, cross, decoration, dispose, draw, dress, eagle, edge, edges, emblems, enframe, ensigns, extend, fasces, featheredge, figurehead, flange, fleur-de-lis, frame, fringe, fringes, go, hammer and sickle, have a tendency, head, hem, heraldry, hold a heading, incline, insignia, join, labellum, labium, labrum, lap, lapel pin, lead, lean, ledge, lie by, limb, limbus, limitations, limits, line, lip, list, livery, look to, mace, mantle, march, marches, marge, margin, medal, metes, metes and bounds, mortarboard, move, neighbor, old school tie, outline, outlines, outskirts, pale, parameters, perimeter, periphery, pin, point, point to, purfle, purl, ragged edge, ready to, redound to, regalia, rim, ring, rose, school ring, selvage, serve, set, set off, set toward, shamrock, shore, show a tendency, side, sideline, sigillography, skirt, skirts, skull and crossbones, sphragistics, staff, stand by, steer, stretch, surround, swastika, tartan, tend, tend to, tend to go, thistle, threshold, tie, touch, trench, trend, trim, turn, uniform, verge on, verge upon, verges, wand, warp, work toward
From Middle French verge (“rod or wand of office”), hence "scope, territory dominated", from Latin virga (“shoot, rod stick”), of unknown origin. Earliest attested sense in English is now-obsolete meaning "male member, penis" (c.1400). Often creating a sense of excitement for the male and perhaps the birth of the expression "on the verge" related to "close to". Modern sense is from the notion of 'within the verge' (1509, also as Anglo-Norman 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."
From Latin vergere "to bend, turn, tend toward, incline", from the Proto-Indo-European werg- "to turn", itself from a root wer- "to turn, bend" (compare versus); strongly influenced by the homonymous noun verge in its verbal form meaning "to be adjacent to"
- “Verge” in the Online Etymology Dictionary, Douglas Harper, 2001
Verge f. (plural Verges)
- vergé (adjective)
- verger (verb)
- vergeron m.
- vergeté (adjective)
- vergeter (verb)
- second-person singular present active imperative of vergō