Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “double-edged”

double-edged

adjective     /ˌdʌb.l̩ˈedʒd/
describes something that acts in two ways, often with one negative and one positive effect: She paid me the double-edged compliment of saying my work was "excellent for a beginner". The government's programme to grow cash crops for export is a double-edged sword because it has created a local food shortage. → See also two-edgedQuite good, or not very goodSuitable and acceptable
(Definition of double-edged adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of double-edged

Definitions of “double-edged” in other dictionaries

Translations of “double-edged”

Word of the Day

closeness

the quality of knowing someone very well, liking them a lot, and wanting to spend a lot of time together

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More