witch


1witch

noun \ˈwich\

: 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
:  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
:  an ugly old woman :  hag
3
:  a charming or alluring girl or woman
4
:  a practitioner of Wicca
5
witch·like \ˈwich-ˌlīk\ adjective
witchy \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

Other Occult Terms

augury, censor, invocation, lucidity, metempsychosis, mojo, numinous, preternatural, weird, wraith

2witch

verb

Definition of WITCH

transitive verb
1
:  to affect injuriously with witchcraft
2
archaic :  to influence or beguile with allure or charm
intransitive verb
:  dowse

Examples of WITCH

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

First Known Use of WITCH

14th century

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