witch·​ing | \ ˈwi-chiŋ How to pronounce witching (audio) \

Definition of witching

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the practice of witchcraft : sorcery



Definition of witching (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or suitable for sorcery or supernatural occurrences the very witching time of night— William Shakespeare

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Examples of witching in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This year most pre-Halloween festivities will be in schools on Friday before the witching date (Sunday). Walter Loeb, Forbes, 18 Oct. 2021 Meanwhile, Friday also happened to be a quadruple witching, a day that happens once every quarter when a bunch of stock and index options and futures contracts expire at the same time. Anne Sraders, Fortune, 20 Sep. 2021 Quadruple witching occurs once per quarter on the third Friday of March, June, September, and December. Q.ai - Investing Reimagined, Forbes, 21 June 2021 Volatility is back up this morning, and that’s no surprise with quadruple witching tomorrow. Jj Kinahan, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2021 Today is quad witching, the third Friday of the month of every quarter, as index and stock futures expire along with index and stock options. Brendan Ahern, Forbes, 19 Mar. 2021 One of the most powerful Avengers is working on her witching skills. Leah Marilla Thomas, refinery29.com, 5 Mar. 2021 What’s Coming Up Today is quadruple witching, a quarterly event which sees options and futures on indexes and stocks expire simultaneously. Mischa Frankl-duval, WSJ, 18 Dec. 2020 Quad witching days are typically some of the busiest trading sessions of the year. Mischa Frankl-duval, WSJ, 18 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Sabrina’s known to don a preppy red peacoat and a black headband; her witching rivals, the Weird Sisters, have coordinating long-sleeve tea dresses with lace Peter Pan collars. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, 25 Oct. 2018 Both games also came down to a pair of clutch hits at what appeared to be the witching hour for the depleted bullpen and featured terrific defense. Peter Schmuck, baltimoresun.com, 3 Sep. 2017 The average Trump supporter’s concern about Russia roughly matches his concern about the president’s unreleased tax returns or witching-hour tweets. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, 18 July 2017 See More

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First Known Use of witching


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


1567, in the meaning defined above

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“Witching.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/witching. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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