witch

noun
\ 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

witch

verb
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

Noun

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

Veronica, drugged and dressed in a toga, seems to buy into this myth, which is confirmed by an old hermit witch to whom Virginia applies for help. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Our Lady of the Nile' ('Notre-Dame du Nil'): Film Review | TIFF 2019," 14 Sep. 2019 Some celebrate the moon-witches calendar of a day and a year. Jessica Peralta, Daily Pilot, "Santa Ana’s witch-themed art walk brings together the spiritually-minded," 11 Sep. 2019 The witch sisters were famously played by Kathy Najimy, Bette Midler, and Sarah Jessica Parker. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "These Dogs Dressed Up As the Hocus Pocus Witches for Halloween—and You've Got to See the Photo," 10 Sep. 2019 Or, go with a Halloween classic, like a cat, witch or pirate. Laurren Welch, Country Living, "10 Best Movie Costume Ideas for a Star-Studded Halloween," 9 Sep. 2019 In the latter, good generally wins out, however messily: Dragons get slain, witches are shoved into ovens, simpletons land fortunes, and so on. Bruce Handy, The Atlantic, "The Peanuts Characters Aren’t Ordinary Kids," 29 Aug. 2019 The inventor deconstructs a piece of active equipment after each battle to give her a special bonus ability for the next battle, and the witch has to construct a spellbook to use during battle. Aaron Zimmerman, Ars Technica, "Dicey Dungeons review: Well, there goes another 100 hours of my life," 20 Aug. 2019 According to legend, the Bell family was tormented by a witch who found sanctuary in the cave after killing John. National Geographic, "Take an epic road trip to Tennessee’s coolest caverns," 16 Aug. 2019 Mariann Budde, Randolph Hollerith and Kelly Douglas – makes multiple direct references to the Communist witch-hunts of the 1950s led by McCarthy. USA TODAY, "Momoa at Mauna Kea, Confederate context, Guthrie garbage tribute: News from around our 50 states," 2 Aug. 2019

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

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for witch

Noun

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

noun

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

witch

noun
\ ˈwich How to pronounce witch (audio) \

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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