Verger vs Verged - What's the difference?

verger | verged |

As a noun verger

is one who carries a verge, or emblem of office.

As a verb verged is


Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



(wikipedia verger)


(en noun)
  • One who carries a verge, or emblem of office.
  • (chiefly, British) A lay person who takes care of the interior of a church and acts as an attendant during services, where he or she carries the verge (or virge). An usher; in major ecclesiastical landmarks, a tour guide. In the United States, the office is generally combined with that of sexton.
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  • ‘We have often seen each other,’ said Little Dorrit, recognising the sexton, or the beadle, or the verger , or whatever he was, ‘when I have been at church here.’
  • (UK) An attendant upon a dignitary, such as a bishop or dean, a justice, etc.
  • (Strype)




  • (verge)

  • verge


    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) , 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 (etyl) 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."


    (en noun)
  • A rod or staff of office, e.g. of a verger.
  • # The stick or wand with which persons were formerly admitted tenants, by holding it in the hand and swearing fealty to the lord. Such tenants were called tenants by the verge .
  • An edge or border.
  • *(John Milton) (1608-1674)
  • *:Even though we go to the extreme verge of possibility to invent a supposition favourable to it, the theoryimplies an absurdity.
  • *(Matthew Arnold) (1822-1888)
  • *:But on the horizon's verge descried, / Hangs, touched with light, one snowy sail.
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  • *:It was not far from the house; but the ground sank into a depression there, and the ridge of it behind shut out everything except just the roof of the tallest hayrick. As one sat on the sward behind the elm, with the back turned on the rick and nothing in front but the tall elms and the oaks in the other hedge, it was quite easy to fancy it the verge of the prairie with the backwoods close by.
  • # The grassy area between the sidewalk and the street; a tree lawn.
  • #(lb) An extreme limit beyond which something specific will happen.
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  • (lb) The phallus.
  • #(lb) The external male organ of certain mollusks, worms, etc.
  • An old measure of land: a virgate or yardland.
  • A circumference; a circle; a ring.
  • *(William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • *:The inclusive verge / Of golden metal that must round my brow.
  • (lb) The shaft of a column, or a small ornamental shaft.
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  • (lb) The edge of the tiling projecting over the gable of a roof.
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  • (lb) The spindle of a watch balance, especially one with pallets, as in the old vertical escapement.
  • Synonyms

    * (strip of land between street and sidewalk) see list at (m)

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) (compare versus); strongly influenced by the above noun.


  • To be or come very close; to border; to approach.
  • Eating blowfish verges on insanity.


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