wight

noun
\ ˈwīt How to pronounce wight (audio) \

Definition of wight

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a living being : creature especially : a human being

wight

adjective

Definition of wight (Entry 2 of 2)

archaic

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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

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 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

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First Known Use of wight

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wight

Noun

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

Adjective

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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The first known use of wight was before the 12th century

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