\ ˈwich How to pronounce witch (audio) \

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 How to pronounce witchlike (audio) \ adjective
witchy \ ˈwi-​chē How to pronounce witchy (audio) \ adjective

Examples of witch in a Sentence

Noun an herbalist and self-proclaimed witch Her mother-in-law is a bitter old witch. Verb the woman did witch me with her gentle smile
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the novella, a young philosopher encounters a shapeshifting witch and, after a confusing series of events, dies in horror after looking upon the iron face of Viy, a demonic King of the Gnomes. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "We have no idea what to make of this bonkers trailer for The Iron Mask," 12 Feb. 2020 This isn’t so surprising since her ancestors included a seductive witch and a religious mystic. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, "First published in 1924, ‘Still She Wished for Company’ makes for a delicious, if bittersweet Valentine’s Day treat," 12 Feb. 2020 Well, the witches and one of their rebellious teen boyfriends. Lia Beck, refinery29.com, "Netflix’s Luna Nera Is Witchy, But With A Historical Twist," 31 Jan. 2020 Through tales about a wolf princess, a bathhouse for spirits, moving castles, a friendly witch, and friendlier creatures of the forest, these films capture the human experience in all its forms. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Studio Ghibli: A beginner's guide through the worlds of Spirited Away, Mononoke, and beyond," 24 Dec. 2019 Halloween is creeping up on us, so expect to see Pennywise, witches and Spider-Man at your door on Thursday, Oct. 31. Briana Rice, Cincinnati.com, "Halloween 2019: Trick-or-treating times set in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky," 24 Oct. 2019 Wizards, witches and superheroes are invited to participate! Gabrielle Copeland Schoeffield, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "West Carroll: Union Bridge Fire Company to host Guns and Cash Bingo; American Legion bull and oyster roast," 22 Oct. 2019 Passengers are encouraged to dress up as pirates and princesses on Oct. 19 and 20 and as witches and wizards on Oct. 26 and 27. Mike Morris, Los Angeles Times, "Hop on the Polar Express train on a weekend trip to Jamestown, Calif.," 17 Oct. 2019 Budding witches and wizards under the age of 18 are not permitted; this event is for adults only, according to the release. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Wizard's Cauldron pop-up coming to Houston," 15 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The favorite, at 4-5, hasn’t had a misstep for trainer Peter Miller, who is witching to jockey Flavien Prat. Los Angeles Times, "Racing! Del Mar in the homestretch," 28 Aug. 2019 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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Cite this Entry

“Witch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/witch. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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)
informal : 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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