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noun (1)

: an ugly, slatternly, or evil-looking old woman
: a female demon
: an evil or frightening spirit : hobgoblin
: witch
haggish adjective


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noun (2)

British : quagmire, bog
British : a firm spot in a bog


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Examples of hag in a Sentence

Noun (1) although she looks like a hag, she's really the sweetest old lady you could ever hope to meet falsely accused of being a hag who had caused the plague
Recent Examples on the Web
Goth did double duty in X, playing both Maxine, the adult-film director’s girlfriend and star, and homicidal hag Pearl. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 June 2024 Its narrator was Constance Garnett, the real-life translator of Russian classics, reimagined as a senile, spotlight-stealing hag. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 15 Apr. 2024 The Furies of ancient Greece and Rome were also divine, a trio of miserable hags with snakes for hair. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, 5 Feb. 2024 Disguising herself as an old hag, the queen poisons her with an apple, ... Madeleine Kearns, National Review, 30 July 2023 The perpetually unsatisfied title character, a demanding New York art critic played by Tilda Swinton as a hag with hair the color of hibiscus tea, is obsessed with archiving the life’s work of her late husband (RZA), who left behind a series of egg paintings no one seems to understand. Peter Debruge, Variety, 14 Mar. 2023 All at once a seductress and a hag; a cunning shapeshifter and a gullible fool tricked into the service of the devil. Kate Wheeling, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Oct. 2022 And one project seems to have cracked the hag's curse. Stratton Lawrence, Travel + Leisure, 26 Feb. 2021 Yet as lockdown dragged on, the dream job fell victim to a hiring freeze, the wedding was canceled, and my hair crossed the fine line from seductive professor to sea hag. Lacy Warner, Vogue, 21 Jan. 2021

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Word History


Noun (1)

Middle English hagge demon, old woman

Noun (2)

Scots, break in a moor, from Old Norse hǫgg cut, cleft; akin to Old English hēawan to hew

First Known Use

Noun (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Noun (2)

1662, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of hag was in the 13th century

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“Hag.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hag. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: an ugly or evil old woman

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