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witch

noun \ ˈwich \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of witch

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

witchlike

play \ˈwich-ˌlīk\ adjective

witchy

play \ˈwi-chē\ adjective

Examples of witch in a Sentence

  1. an herbalist and self-proclaimed witch

  2. Her mother-in-law is a bitter old witch.

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Origin and Etymology of 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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witch

verb

Definition of witch

transitive verb
1 :to affect injuriously with witchcraft
2 archaic :to influence or beguile with allure or charm
intransitive verb

Examples of witch in a Sentence

  1. the woman did witch me with her gentle smile

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First Known Use of witch

14th century



WITCH Defined for English Language Learners

witch

noun

Definition of witch for English Language Learners

  • : 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


WITCH Defined for Kids

witch

noun \ ˈwich \

Definition of witch for Students

1 :a person and especially a woman believed to have magic powers
2 :an ugly or mean old woman


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