\ 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


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Lyanna went out like a true hero and managed to kill the giant zombie wight that was slowly crushing her to death in a true David vs. Goliath moment. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, "Lyanna Mormont of Bear Island Was Only Supposed to Be in One Scene of "Game of Thrones"," 29 Apr. 2019 Neuroscience can’t explain everything about wights or zombies—at least not yet. Joe Lindsey, Popular Mechanics, "'Game of Thrones' Science: How Do Wights Work?," 26 Apr. 2019 Zyuko22 starts their theory by pointing out how Beric Dondarrion put a flaming sword through a wight in the middle of the Weirwood Tree symbol during last week's episode. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "This Theory Suggests Game of Thrones Already Revealed How to Kill the Night King," 18 Apr. 2019 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

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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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