\ 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 All future generations of witches would fight on behalf of their country. Natalie Morin, refinery29.com, "You Won’t See Any Men In Motherland: Fort Salem. Seriously — It’s A Mood," 18 Mar. 2020 Will Ferrell is among the executive producers behind this supernatural drama that stars singer-actress Taylor Hickson as one of three young witches with basic training in combat magic. Mark Dawidziak, cleveland, "New season of HBO’s ‘Westworld’ and Hulu’s ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ among the week’s top viewing choices," 15 Mar. 2020 Limited national resources are to be reserved for the French and the French only, as a witch-hunt against refugees, Jews, and other undesirables consumes the country. Harrison Stetler, The New York Review of Books, "‘Collapsologie’: Constructing an Idea of How Things Fall Apart," 21 Jan. 2020 The rural community of Burning Lake in upstate New York thrives on its tourist trade, as visitors come to see where centuries ago several young women accused of being witches were publicly executed. Oline H. Cogdill, chicagotribune.com, "Author keeps tension high in `Trace of Evil’," 10 Dec. 2019 Everything fits into the ‘witch hunt’ script that has been gaining momentum with every year. Andrew Higgins, New York Times, "Russia Raided a Physics Institute. Kremlin Watchers Are Mystified.," 7 Nov. 2019 The cult of the witch has inundated American culture yet again. Sofia Quaglia, Quartz, "Women are invoking the witch to find their power in a patriarchal society," 31 Oct. 2019 Snap of the day THE WITCHING OAR: Hundreds of paddle-wielding witches ditched their broomsticks and stormed the sunny Willamette River on Saturday for the third annual Stand Up Paddleboard Witch Paddle. oregonlive, "New measles cases tied to exposure at Portland airport: Morning Briefing," 28 Oct. 2019 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 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 9 Apr. 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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