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

Suddenly, a clump of trees looked like a witch on a broomstick or a Sasquatch in the distance. Mary Beth Skylis, Outside Online, "How Jeff Garmire Set the Arizona Trail FKT," 15 June 2019 This perfectly parallels the old German story, where the witch's house is constructed out of cookies, candy, chocolate, and more to entice Hansel and Gretel. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The 'It Chapter 2' Trailer Has So Many Hidden Easter Eggs," 10 May 2019 Yes, some weird stuff happens in Riverdale, but none of it is magical a la the witches of Greendale. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Is there a Riverdale/Greendale Crossover in Our Future?," 10 May 2019 Halloween is an understandable fit for a show about witches and ghosts and black cats, but February 14? Ella Cerón, Teen Vogue, "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Broke Kiernan Shipka's Heart — and She's OK With That," 12 Nov. 2018 Aunt Hilda and Aunt Zelda What’s a witch in training without her teachers in the occult? Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Why The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Is the Perfect Last-Minute Halloween Costume Inspiration," 25 Oct. 2018 Milano, like her fellow #MeToo leader Rose McGowan, famously spent eight years playing a witch in runaway hit Charmed. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "Why This Photo of Alyssa Milano and Brett Kavanaugh Is Going Viral," 28 Sep. 2018 On Thursday, Deadline announced that black-ish creator Kenya Barris sold a reboot of the classic 1960s series about a witch named Samantha who struggles to keep her spells a secret from her mortal husband, Darrin. Eileen Reslen, Country Living, "A 'Bewitched' Reboot Is in the Works and It Sounds Absolutely Magical," 23 Aug. 2018 This florid example from 1967 features five directors assigned to conjure up a story about a witch, in each case played by Silvia Mangano. Chris Ball, cleveland.com, "'Only the Brave,' now on DVD and Blu-ray (review)," 14 Feb. 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

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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