\ ˈwīt How to pronounce wight (audio) \

Definition of wight

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: a living being : creature especially : a human being



Definition of wight (Entry 2 of 2)


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Examples of wight in a Sentence

Noun what unfortunate wight would be out and about in such foul weather?
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the footage, Sansa and Tyrion are hiding out in the crypts, and are forced to help Gilly and Missandei when they are attacked by wights. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Please Enjoy This Game of Thrones Deleted Scene from Season 8," 30 Nov. 2019 So, Jon fights off the wights until Daenerys and Drogon come to his rescue. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Game of Thrones: People Are Dragging Jon Snow for Being, Well, an Idiot," 29 Apr. 2019 Everyone shows up for a parlay, and when Jon does his show-and-tell bit with the wight, Cersei pretends to be properly spooked. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "This Is How Season 7 of 'Game of Thrones' Ended," 13 Apr. 2019 Last seen raging against a ridiculous number of the Night King’s zombie wights, the series’ most steadfast character will presumably live to fight another day. Courtney Shea, Harper's BAZAAR, "Brienne of Tarth Lives—And Gwendoline Christie Has Some Thoughts About that Love Triangle," 6 May 2019 After some incredibly harrowing moments with swarms of wights down in the bowels of Winterfell, our girl is the one who finally puts an end to the Night King. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Maisie Williams Thought Game of Thrones Fans Would Be Mad About Arya’s Big Moment," 29 Apr. 2019 In my version of the story, Catelyn Stark is re-imbued with a kind of life and becomes this vengeful wight who galvanizes a group of people around her and is trying to exact her revenge on the riverlands. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "'Game of Thrones' Fans Think Catelyn Stark Could Return as Lady Stoneheart Still," 21 Apr. 2019 Unfortunately, the men are attacked by the wights, and Daenarys and her dragons pull up to help. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "This Is How Season 7 of 'Game of Thrones' Ended," 13 Apr. 2019 Game of Thrones episode three really, really delivered on an epic battle with the undead Night King and his army of wights. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Will Arya Take Jaime's Face and Kill Cersei on 'Game of Thrones'?," 29 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of wight


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wight


Middle English, creature, thing, from Old English wiht; akin to Old High German wiht creature, thing, Old Church Slavonic veštĭ thing


Middle English, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse vīgr skilled in fighting (neuter vīgt); akin to Old English wīgan to fight — more at victor

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“Wight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wight. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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