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Etymology edit

From Middle English wig, *wigge, from Old English wiċġ, from Proto-West Germanic *wigi, from Proto-Germanic *wigją, from Proto-Indo-European *weǵʰ- (to carry; move; transport; ride).

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Noun edit

widge (plural widges)

  1. (poetic, archaic) A horse.
    • 1587, John Bridges, A Defence of the Government Established in the Church of Englande for Ecclesiasticall Matters.:
      But what liuinges ſoeuer he had, or hauing liuinges, how beastly ſoeuer he ſpared his money, and rode thether on his widge beaste.
    • 1998, Gary Blackwood, The Shakespeare Stealer[1]:
      [addressing the narrator, named Widge] "I'm only going to see that he learns a lesson," said Nick innocently. "Now then. Widge, is it? You know what a widge is where I come from?"
      My throat felt too tight to speak. I shook my head.
      "A horse. I think I'll call you Horse, although I think you look more like an ass to me. [] "