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English

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Etymology 1

From Middle French verge (rod or wand of office), hence "scope, territory dominated," from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] virga (shoot, rod stick), 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."

Noun

Singular
verge

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

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] 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"

Verb

Infinitive
to verge

Third person singular
verg

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
es

to verge (third-person singular simple present verg, present participle es, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (intransitive) To come very close; to border; to approach.
    Eating blowfish verges on insanity.
Translations

References

  • "verge" in the Online Etymology Dictionary, Douglas Harper, 2001

Dutch

Verb

verge

  1. conjunctive form of vergen 'to require'

French

Pronunciation

Noun

verge f. (plural verges)

  1. rod
  2. penis

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