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witch

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noun \ˈwich\

Simple Definition of witch

  • : a woman who is thought to have magic powers

  • : a person who practices magic as part of a religion (such as Wicca)

  • : a very unpleasant woman

Full Definition of witch

  1. 1 :  one that is credited with usually malignant supernatural powers; especially :  a woman practicing usually black witchcraft often with the aid of a devil or familiar :  sorceress — compare warlock

  2. 2 :  an ugly old woman :  hag

  3. 3 :  a charming or alluring girl or woman

  4. 4 :  a practitioner of Wicca

  5. 5 :  witch of agnesi

witch·like play \ˈwich-ˌlīk\ adjective
witchy play \ˈwi-chē\ adjective

Examples of witch

  1. an herbalist and self-proclaimed witch

  2. Her mother-in-law is a bitter old witch.



Origin of witch

Middle English wicche, from Old English wicca, masculine, wizard & wicce, feminine, witch; akin to Middle High German wicken to bewitch, Old English wigle divination, and perhaps to Old High German wīh holy — more at victim


First Known Use: before 12th century


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witch

verb

Definition of witch

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to affect injuriously with witchcraft

  3. 2 archaic :  to influence or beguile with allure or charm

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  dowse



Examples of witch

  1. <the woman did witch me with her gentle smile>



14th Century

First Known Use of witch

14th century




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