hex

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verb

hexed; hexing; hexes

intransitive verb

: to practice witchcraft

transitive verb

1
: to put a hex on
2
: to affect as if by an evil spell : jinx
hexer noun

hex

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noun

1
: a person who practices witchcraft
2
: spell, jinx

hex

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adjective

: hexagonal
a bolt with a hex head

hex

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adjective or noun

hex

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abbreviation

hexagon

Example Sentences

Verb I think our plans have been hexed from the start—everything is going wrong. Noun He claimed that a witch had put a hex on him. people who used to believe that misfortune was caused by evil hexes and mischievous sprites
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
At the trial, the judge wondered if demonstrators outside the courtroom were using voodoo dolls, or planning to hex anyone. Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times, 18 Sep. 2021 The most common Punjabi phrase people are using to hex the president seems to have originated in a tweet unrelated to Trump, from a fan account dedicated to Cory Monteith, the Glee star who died in 2013. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, 7 Oct. 2020 Circe, a witch of transformation from Homer’s The Odyssey, hexes Hilda (Lucy Davis) into a spider woman. Nick Romano, EW.com, 24 Jan. 2020 Getty Images Remember when Lana Del Rey joined the witches of Twitter and casually called upon her followers to cast a spell as part of a nation-wide effort to hex Trump out of office? Mehera Bonner, Marie Claire, 25 July 2017 In the 1960s, a coven calling themselves W.I.T.C.H (Women's International Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell) set about hexing Wall Street and beauty pageants and generally hanging around being creepy. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, 3 Apr. 2018 Tread softly, wear a big smile and promise not to hex anyone. Minerva, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 Oct. 2017 Getty Remember when Lana Del Rey joined the witches of Twitter and casually called upon her followers to cast a spell as part of a nation-wide effort to hex Trump out of office? Mehera Bonner, Marie Claire, 25 July 2017 Still, there’s no denying that the Clippers never have advanced beyond two rounds of playoffs in any one season, an almost impossible degree of ineptitude that same people might characterize as being hexed. Jeff Miller, Orange County Register, 16 Apr. 2017
Noun
The focus with the hex press is to now have the load pressed in front, but with the dumbbells held tight together in a neutral position (palms facing each other). Jeff Tomko, Men's Health, 22 Nov. 2022 Players who want to dive deep can head in one of two directions: the original hex based Total Warfare or the faster Alpha Strike. Rob Wieland, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2022 Barney's Tyrannosaurus hex reportedly captured 2 million viewers at its peak in 1996-97, but enraged a segment of the population that called for his violent extinction. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, 13 Oct. 2022 For light lifters just getting started, these colorful hex dumbbells are a solid intro to strength training. Kathleen Willcox, Popular Mechanics, 6 Oct. 2022 The hex dumbbell is now a staple of any modern home gym. Mike Richard And Ebenezer Samuel, Men's Health, 9 Oct. 2022 There seems to be a hex surrounding the Southwest Classic for Arkansas. Rex Nelson, Arkansas Online, 27 Sep. 2022 This multitool from Garrett Wade features two hex wrenches, six screwdrivers, a wire cutter, a crimper, file, drill, bottle opener, and so much more. Kevin Cortez, Popular Mechanics, 22 Sep. 2022 To make the floor look custom, Rosenfeld created her own pattern using penny and hex tiles. Allison Duncan, House Beautiful, 13 Sep. 2022
Adjective
Even if your slot- or hex-head base and ring screws are not damaged, consider replacing them with torx screws. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, 29 July 2020 First up were hex deadlift squats using a cap barbell weight bar (or trap bar). Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, 23 Sep. 2017
Adjective or noun
Even if your slot- or hex-head base and ring screws are not damaged, consider replacing them with torx screws. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, 29 July 2020 First up were hex deadlift squats using a cap barbell weight bar (or trap bar). Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, 23 Sep. 2017 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Pennsylvania German hexe, from German hexen, from Hexe witch, from Old High German hagzissa; akin to Middle English hagge hag

First Known Use

Verb

1830, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun

1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1924, in the meaning defined above

Adjective Or Noun

1970, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hex was in 1830

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Cite this Entry

“Hex.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hex. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

hex 1 of 3

verb

1
: to put a hex on
2
: to affect as if by an evil spell : jinx
hexer noun

hex

3 of 3

adjective or noun

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