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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


what unfortunate wight would be out and about in such foul weather?

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Even if the Night King isn’t vulnerable to dragonglass, Jon and his men can still use it to take down most of the other wights and White Walkers. Chanel Vargas, Harper's BAZAAR, "Dragonglass Might Not Be Able to Kill the Night King, According to This Fan Theory," 9 Aug. 2017 Some people get brought back to life as a zombie, but you're not supposed to call them zombies because they're called wights—while others simply get to come back to life as themselves for a second go 'round. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "I Watched Last Night's Game of Thrones and I've Never Seen the Show Before," 21 Aug. 2017 Similarly, wights are recently-deceased corpses that have been reanimated to serve as minions to the White Walkers and are incredibly susceptible to both dragonglass and fire. Chanel Vargas, Harper's BAZAAR, "Dragonglass Might Not Be Able to Kill the Night King, According to This Fan Theory," 9 Aug. 2017 From the giants to the wights to the sheer scale, there's nothing here that isn't wildly impressive. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "The Insane Visual Effects Behind Games of Thrones' Most Epic Battle," 6 July 2015 This could have catastrophic consequences for the Wall and the whole of Westeros if the White Walkers and their army of wights attack in the next episode. Chanel Vargas, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything You Need to Know About Eastwatch on Game of Thrones," 9 Aug. 2017 Jaime then set off to the North to join the others in fighting the wights, leaving his sister behind to potentially become dragon bait. refinery29.com, "Uh, Jaime Lannister May Be Going Through A Huge Change In GOT's Final Season," 26 Mar. 2018 The season seven finale of Game of Thrones saw the Night King cross into Westeros on the back of the undead Viserion with his army of wights following close behind. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "This Compelling Game of Thrones Theory May Reveal the Night King's Ultimate Plan," 13 Feb. 2018 Jon Snow demonstrates that the way to kill wights is with dragonglass and fire. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Game of Thrones Season 7 Finale: Everything to Know About "The Dragon and The Wolf"," 28 Aug. 2017

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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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