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[op-ed] /ˈɒpˌɛd/
a newspaper page devoted to signed articles by commentators, essayists, humorists, etc., of varying viewpoints: the Op-Ed of today's New York Times.
Also called Op-Ed page.
Origin of Op-Ed
1965-70, Americanism; op(posite) ed(itorial page)


[ohp] /oʊp/
adjective, verb (used with object), verb (used without object), oped, oping. Literary.
open. Unabridged
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  • She upped an' she oped it, and there were the little oo'd thing, with five skeins of flax on his arm.

  • I tell you frankly I 'oped you wouldn't hear of it, because after all the girl's got her punishment.

    Beyond John Galsworthy
  • The same kind Gent told me he oped they would sing their favrit song, "Ah, hide her nose!"

  • Hath he oped his eyen into the world chained to a hand's-breadth o' soil?

    Long Will Florence Converse
  • And the old blighter 'oped that I'd be a good boy, and grow up, and win some more.

    News from the Duchy Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • And some day he “oped” to go to “Hamerica” and there own a kitchen all for himself.

    Through Scandinavia to Moscow William Seymour Edwards
  • I 'oped, and went on 'opin' till there was no 'ope left in me, and I lived to curse the day that each one of my sons was born.

  • I 'oped at fust that it was a runaway-ring, but it kept on, and the longer it kept on, the worse it got.

    Dirty Work W.W. Jacobs
British Dictionary definitions for oped


verb, adjective
an archaic or poetic word for open


  1. a page of a newspaper where varying opinions are expressed by columnists, commentators, etc
  2. (as modifier): an op-ed column in the New York Times
Word Origin
C20: from op(posite) ed(itorial page)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for oped



short for open (adj.), early 13c. "not closed; not hidden;" originally as awake is from awaken, etc. As a verb from mid-15c. Middle English had ope-head "bare-headed" (c.1300).



1970, in reference to the page of a newspaper opposite the editorial page, usually devoted to personal opinion columns. The thing itself said to have been pioneered by the New York "World."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Related Abbreviations for oped


opposite the editorial page
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