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A male receiving a wedgie


wedge +‎ -ie


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈwɛdʒ.i/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛdʒi


wedgie (plural wedgies)

  1. (colloquial) A wedge-heeled shoe.
    • a. 1969, John Kennedy Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces:
      Her brown wedgies squeaked with discount price defiance, as she walked redly and pinkly along the broken brick sidewalk.
  2. (slang) A prank in which a person's underpants are pulled up sharply from behind in order to wedge the clothing uncomfortably between the person's buttocks.
    • 2012 May 27, Nathan Rabin, “TV: Review: THE SIMPSONS (CLASSIC): “New Kid On The Block” (season 4, episode 8; originally aired 11/12/1992)”, in The Onion AV Club[1]:
      When Laura tells Bart that she can teach him to dance, Bart and Laura are suddenly transformed into Astaire and Rogers in a black-and-white fantasy sequence before Bart’s reverie is abruptly ended when Laura reverts back to bratty tomboy form and gives him a wedgie.
  3. (slang) A situation where a person's underpants are stuck uncomfortably between their buttocks.
  4. (basketball, slang) a basketball stuck between the rim and the backboard following a field goal, free throw, rebound, or block attempt.
  5. (informal, birdwatching) wedge-tailed eagle
    • 2003, Susannah Farfor, David Andrew, Hugh Finlay, Northern Territory (page 27)
      The white-bellied sea eagle is almost as big as a wedgie and handsomely marked in grey and white.


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wedgie (third-person singular simple present wedgies, present participle wedgying, simple past and past participle wedgied)

  1. (slang) To play the wedgie prank on.
    • 1989, Michael Moffatt, Coming of Age in New Jersey (page 86)
      Last year's juniors had wedgied last year's freshmen, and then each freshman victim had happily joined the patrol, its aficionados claimed.