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Definition of witch 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one that is credited with usually malignant supernatural powers especially : a woman practicing usually black witchcraft often with the aid of a devil or familiar : sorceress — compare warlock

2 : an ugly old woman : hag

3 : a charming or alluring girl or woman

4 : an adherent of Wicca


witched; witching; witches

Definition of witch (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to affect injuriously with witchcraft

2 archaic : to influence or beguile with allure or charm

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Other Words from witch


witchlike \ˈwich-ˌlīk \ adjective
witchy \ˈwi-chē \ adjective

Examples of witch in a Sentence


an herbalist and self-proclaimed witch Her mother-in-law is a bitter old witch.


the woman did witch me with her gentle smile
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But for wizards and witches ready to take on the lines and sun, Universal Studios Hollywood has a treat for you. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "Taste test: New Butterbeer Ice Cream at Harry Potter's Wizarding World," 12 July 2018 Biwanag sibi had become a witch’s brew of toxicity. Richard Horan, The Christian Science Monitor, "'The Poisoned City' tells the horrific story of Flint's contaminated water," 10 July 2018 According to a news release, would-be wizards will learn things like brewing potions, discovering how to defeat dark witches and wizards, divination, casting curses and more. Deasia Paige, Detroit Free Press, "This major Harry Potter event, 'Wizard U,' is coming to Michigan," 8 June 2018 Their attire is thought to play a role in witch hunting: The mirrors are used to identify targets, locals said. Sally Hayden, The Seattle Times, "Gambia’s dictator ordered a witch hunt; this village is still haunted by it," 28 May 2018 Image Friday the 13th is the patron day of black cat crossings, devious witches, shattered mirrors, suspicious ladders — and cheap tattoos. Zoe Greenberg, New York Times, "Friday the 13th, a ‘Tattoo Holiday’," 13 July 2018 Let the full moon charge the water, and then chug it up, witch. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "How to Harness the Magical Power of Each Moon Phase," 3 July 2018 Between vanquishing supernatural demons, tearing down the patriarchy, and maintaining familial bonds, a witch's work is never done. Phillip Molnar, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Comic-Con 2018: Here's your Thursday schedule," 6 July 2018 The movie poses as a modern-day Salem witch trials. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "Meet Assassination Nation, The Satirical Feminist Answer To The Purge," 27 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Investors are warned that volatility can increase during a quadruple witching as traders adjust their positions. The New York Times, New York Times, "Expect Fed to Raise Interest Rate and F.C.C. to Repeal Net Neutrality," 10 Dec. 2017 Those include Agni's Philosophy and Witch Chapter 0 [cry], the latter of which used bleeding-edge software and hardware in the form of DirectX 12, an eight-core Intel processor, and four Nvidia Titan X graphics cards. Mark Walton, Ars Technica, "Final Fantasy 15 on PC: Has Square Enix lost its way, or do graphics really matter?," 25 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of witch


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for witch


Middle English wicche, from Old English wicca, masculine, wizard & wicce, feminine, witch; akin to Middle High German wicken to bewitch, Old English wigle divination, and perhaps to Old High German wīh holy — more at victim

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English Language Learners Definition of witch

: a woman who is thought to have magic powers

: a person who practices magic as part of a religion (such as Wicca)

: a very unpleasant woman


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Kids Definition of witch

1 : a person and especially a woman believed to have magic powers

2 : an ugly or mean old woman

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