widespread etymology

English word widespread comes from English wide, English spread

Detailed word origin of widespread

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
wide English (eng) (cricket) A ball that passes so far from the batsman that the umpire deems it unplayable; the arm signal used by an umpire to signal a wide; the extra run added to the batting side's score So as to leave or have a great space between the sides; so as to form a large opening.. Away from a given goal. Completely. Extensively (Scotland, Northern England, now rare) Vast, great in extent, [...]
spread English (eng) (intransitive) To proliferate; to become more widely present, to be disseminated. [from 13th c.]. (intransitive) To take up a larger area or space; to expand, be extended. [from 14th c.]. (intransitive, slang) To open one’s legs, especially for sexual favours. [from 20th c.]. (transitive) To cover (something) with a thin layer of some substance, as of butter. [from 16th c.]. (transitive) To [...]
widespread English (eng) Affecting a large area (e.g. the entire land or body); broad in extent; widely diffused.

Words with the same origin as widespread

Descendants of wide