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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

Talos was eventually deactivated by the witch Medea, who (in one version of the myth) removed a bronze rivet on his ankle and drained out the ichor that powered his movement. Peter Thonemann, WSJ, "‘Gods and Robots’ Review: Men, Myths and Machines," 7 Dec. 2018 How about a holiday special starring everyone’s favorite recently rebooted half-witch? Chilling Adventures of Sabrina adds fright into your festivities this year by replacing Christmas with the winter solstice and Christmas carols with pagan carols. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "The Best Holiday Specials to Watch (and Stream) Now," 7 Dec. 2018 Punny Halloween captions: Resting witch face Here for the boos Life is gourd! Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "40 Funny and Spooky Halloween Instagram Captions That Will Have Everyone Double Tapping," 30 Oct. 2018 This movie has made a bit of a resurgence in the last few years, thanks to our recent cultural fondness for witches. Joyce Bautista Ferrari, Marie Claire, "The Best Horror Movies That Aren't Too Scary," 29 Oct. 2018 Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman, both early in their careers, play sister witches. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "16 Classic Halloween Movies You Can Stream Right Now," 17 Oct. 2018 To rock the classic goth witch look, try out some black lipstick, such as Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint in Uninvited. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "These Are the Most Popular Halloween Costumes of 2018, According to Google," 16 Oct. 2018 After collaborating with other players to defeat a few bosses in The Lord of the Rings Online, I am quickly engrossed in Path of Exile, leveling up Onderel, my witch character. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "How To Get Into the High-Powered World of Gaming PCs," 20 Sep. 2018 The 1990 film was an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s 1973 classic book in which a young boy has a run-in with real-life witches. Ale Russian, PEOPLE.com, "Roald Dahl's Children's Classic The Witches Is Being Remade by the Director of Forrest Gump," 20 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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