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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 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 Combusting fossil fuel with air, whether in a power plant generating electricity or in a car cranking out motion, yields a witch’s brew of pollutants. Jeffrey Ball, Fortune, "Inside ‘Project Odessa,’ an experiment in greener fossil-fuel power," 16 Mar. 2020 They are seen as witches who are both running from and preparing to battle after all life forces appear to dissipate from a magical tree. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "Dreamcatcher Invite Listeners to 'Scream' With Enchanting New Video: Watch," 18 Feb. 2020 Rob Hayes’ script centers on Gretel — hence the title’s name swap — and turns her into woke, coming-of-age superheroine who outsmarts a witch. Mark Kennedy, Houston Chronicle, "‘Gretel & Hansel’ is a real horror — as in horrible," 31 Jan. 2020 It was named in honor of the pagan witch-protection symbols etched into the buildings during colonial times, though Anne Kernke, who runs tours and tastings by appointment, hints there’s more to the story. Ewen Bell, National Geographic, "What makes Tasmania an outdoor lover’s dream?," 29 Dec. 2019 But where on Halloween Eve, and the eve of the House vote on the impeachment probe, were those witches? Karen Heller, Washington Post, "The Trump campaign held a Halloween ‘Witch Hunt Party’ and tortured a metaphor to death," 31 Oct. 2019 In the movie, the Sanderson sisters are 17th-century witches who get accidentally resurrected 300 years later on Halloween. Rachel Yang, EW.com, "Watch the spooky Hocus Pocus-inspired remix of Lizzo's 'Truth Hurts'," 25 Oct. 2019 These are the witches of Chicago — and their numbers are growing. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "tl;dr: Chicago’s top cop snubs Trump, Cubs hire ‘Grandpa’ and new taxes on nightlife," 24 Oct. 2019 Her unflinching depiction of the witch trials captures the visceral horror of the policing of women’s bodies, as well as the petty jealousies and power grabs that motivate it. Eliot Schrefer, USA TODAY, "Review: Matriarchy under siege in Kiran Millwood Hargrave's chilling 'The Mercies'," 10 Feb. 2020 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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“Witch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/witch. Accessed 28 Mar. 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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