\ˈheks \
hexed; hexing; hexes

Definition of hex 

(Entry 1 of 5)

intransitive verb

: to practice witchcraft

transitive verb

1 : to put a hex on

2 : to affect as if by an evil spell : jinx



Definition of hex (Entry 2 of 5)

1 : a person who practices witchcraft

2 : spell, jinx



Definition of hex (Entry 3 of 5)

: hexagonal a bolt with a hex head

Definition of hex (Entry 4 of 5)

Definition of hex (Entry 5 of 5)


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Other Words from hex


hexer noun

Synonyms for hex

Synonyms: Verb

bewitch, charm, enchant, overlook, spell

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Examples of hex in a Sentence


I think our plans have been hexed from the start—everything is going wrong.


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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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, "Witches, Frog-Gods, and the Deepening Schism of Internet Religions," 3 Apr. 2018 Tread softly, wear a big smile and promise not to hex anyone. Minerva, San Francisco Chronicle, "Minerva’s horoscope for week of Oct. 29," 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, "Yes, Lana Del Rey 100 Percent *Did* Cast a Spell on Trump," 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, "Miller: Clippers, Three Stooges and the NBA playoffs," 16 Apr. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

During its decadeslong run of futility at the World Cup, through the shootout defeats and incomprehensible blunders, England has tried just about everything to cure its major tournament hex. Jonathan Clegg, WSJ, "Kane Leads England to Victory With Last-Minute Winner Against Tunisia," 18 June 2018 Meanwhile, the Marin required dainty little metric hex keys and a light touch. Outside Online, "Riding 100 Miles* on a 102-Year-Old Bike," 12 June 2018 Over the years, the lunch has become both a good luck charm and a hex for candidates. Willie Brown, San Francisco Chronicle, "Gavin Newsom is looking out for No. 1. California Dems need to deal with it," 2 June 2018 Star file photo As hexes go, Dale Stram recalled only the one that family friend Muhammad Ali briefly and playfully cast on his father in 1974 before lifting it moments later. Vahe Gregorian, kansascity, "Is Arrowhead jinxed? Chiefs’ struggles in NFL playoffs lead some to wonder," 13 Jan. 2018 That whatever curse or hex or inability to advance in the postseason is over. The Si Staff, SI.com, "Stanley Cup Final Roundtable: Expansion Team in the Final, Unlikely Goal Scorer, More," 26 May 2018 The latter group cast a guerrilla-theater hex on Wall Street that Halloween. Karen Heller, Washington Post, "The year women refused to stay silent, tossed their bras and redefined politics," 23 May 2018 This aluminum tool set from Park Tool is loaded with hex wrenches, a Torx bit, and a screwdriver. Michael Calore, WIRED, "14 Essentials to Improve Your Bike Commute in the City," 17 May 2018 Seattle would beat the Raiders two weeks later, as well, with Krieg at QB before losing the rubber match in the playoffs. 5, Shaking the Kansas City hex on the final play. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Top five moments from Chuck Knox’s Seahawks tenure," 13 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

First up were hex deadlift squats using a cap barbell weight bar (or trap bar). Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Want a Booty Like Kim Kardashian? You’ll Need to Follow Her Insanely Hard Leg Day Routine," 23 Sep. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective or noun

First up were hex deadlift squats using a cap barbell weight bar (or trap bar). Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Want a Booty Like Kim Kardashian? You’ll Need to Follow Her Insanely Hard Leg Day Routine," 23 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of hex


1830, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1924, in the meaning defined above

Adjective or noun

1970, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hex


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

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\ˈheks \

Kids Definition of hex

: a harmful spell : jinx

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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