Definition of backspread

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 in stock speculation : to close the transactions previously made in a spreading operation
2 in stock speculation : to transfer a hedge from one market to another


\ " \

Definition of backspread (Entry 2 of 2)

: an arbitrage operation like a spread but performed when the difference in price between the two markets is less than the normal one

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

First Known Use of backspread

Intransitive verb

1933, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1934, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for backspread

Intransitive verb

back entry 2 + spread

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about backspread

Time Traveler for backspread

Time Traveler

The first known use of backspread was in 1933

See more words from the same year

Statistics for backspread

Cite this Entry

“Backspread.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

Comments on backspread

What made you want to look up backspread? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Words of Snow and Ice Quiz

  • image1037863653
  • Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!