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witch

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noun \ˈwich\

Definition of witch

  1. 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. 2 :  an ugly old woman :  hag

  3. 3 :  a charming or alluring girl or woman

  4. 4 :  an adherent of Wicca

  5. 5 :  witch of agnesi

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.

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


First Known Use: before 12th century


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witch

verb

Definition of witch

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to affect injuriously with witchcraft

  3. 2 archaic :  to influence or beguile with allure or charm

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  dowse

Examples of witch in a Sentence

  1. the woman did witch me with her gentle smile

14th Century

First Known Use of witch

14th century



WITCH Defined for English Language Learners

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witch

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noun \ˈwich\

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

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noun \ˈwich\

Definition of witch for Students

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

  2. 2 :  an ugly or mean old woman



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