• noun the edge or boundary of something
  • noun an area of grass and other plants at the side of a road


  • The edge that projects over the gable of a roof.
  • A small shaft of a column employed for ornamental effect.
  • The unpaved section of a road right-of-way.

Real Estate

  • noun a narrow border that runs alongside a road
  • noun the edge of a sloping roof where it extends beyond the gable

Origin & History of “verge”

English has two words verge. The noun (14th c.), which now means ‘edge’, was originally used in English for ‘penis’ (it is to this day a technical term for the male reproductive organ of invertebrate animals). It comes via Old French verge from Latin virga ‘rod’ (source also of English virgule (19th c.)), and the sense ‘edge’ emerged in the 15th century from the notion of the limits of territorial jurisdiction of the lord high steward, as symbolized by his ‘rod’ of office. A verger is likewise etymologically someone who carries an official ‘rod’. The verb verge (17th c.) comes from Latin vergere ‘bend, incline’, which also gave English converge (17th c.) and diverge (17th c.).