See also: wider-

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English widder, widdur, widere, from Old English widdra; equivalent to wide +‎ -er.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

wider

  1. comparative form of wide: more wide

AdverbEdit

wider

  1. comparative form of wide: more wide

AnagramsEdit


GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle High German wider, from Old High German widar, from Proto-Germanic *wiþrą (against, toward). The same word as wieder (again) with artificial orthographic distinction. Hence cognate with Dutch weer, English wither.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈviːdər/, [ˈviːdɐ], [ˈʋiːdɐ]
  • (file)
  • Homophone: wieder

PrepositionEdit

wider (+ accusative)

  1. (formal, literary) against
    Synonym: gegen

Usage notesEdit

  • In contemporary German, wider is found in compounds (see wider-) and otherwise mainly in a few set phrases. Due to its rarity it is sometimes hypercorrectly construed with the genitive case; thus instead of wider besseres Wissen (against one's better knowledge) one will sometimes read or hear wider besseren Wissens.

Further readingEdit

  • wider” in Duden online
  • wider” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache