1. [mid-19C–1900s] knowing, alert, ‘on the ball’; if not actually criminal then willing and able to bend any rule.
2. [1990s+] (W.I.) physically large; socially important.
SE in slang uses
[late 19C+] having wide hips.
1. [early 18C–mid-19C] a Quaker; thus broad-brimmed, sedate.
2. [mid–late 19C] a quiet, sedate old man, irrespective of religion.
[1920s] a person of wide tastes and interests.
[late 19C] a woman with wide hips.
[late 19C+] fat, overweight, esp. around the hips and buttocks.
see wide place in the road under wide adj.