wizard

noun
wiz·​ard | \ˈwi-zərd \

Definition of wizard 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 archaic : a wise man : sage

2 : one skilled in magic : sorcerer

3 : a very clever or skillful person computer wizards

wizard

adjective

Definition of wizard (Entry 2 of 2)

1 archaic : having magical influence or power

2 archaic : of or relating to wizardry : enchanted

3 chiefly British : worthy of the highest praise : excellent

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Synonyms & Antonyms for wizard

Synonyms: Noun

brain, brainiac, genius, intellect, thinker, whiz, wiz

Synonyms: Adjective

A-OK, A1, awesome, bang-up, banner, beautiful, blue-chip, blue-ribbon, boffo, bonny (also bonnie) [chiefly British], boss [slang], brag, brave, bully, bumper, capital, choice, classic, cool [slang], corking, crackerjack, cracking, dandy, divine, dope [slang], down [slang], dynamite, excellent, fab, fabulous, famous, fantabulous [slang], fantastic, fine, first-class, first-rate, first-string, five-star, four-star, frontline, gangbusters (also gangbuster), gilt-edged (or gilt-edge), gone [slang], grand, great, groovy, heavenly, high-class, hot, hype [slang], immense, jim-dandy, keen, lovely, marvelous (or marvellous), mean, neat, nifty, noble, number one (also No. 1), numero uno, out-of-sight [slang], par excellence, peachy, peachy keen, phat [slang], prime, primo [slang], prize, prizewinning, quality, radical [slang], righteous [slang], sensational, slick, splendid, stellar, sterling, superb, superior, superlative, supernal, swell, terrific, tip-top, top, top-notch, top-of-the-line, top-shelf, topflight, topping [chiefly British], unsurpassed, wonderful

Antonyms: Noun

blockhead, dodo, dolt, dope, dumbbell, dummy, dunce, fathead, goon, half-wit, hammerhead, idiot, imbecile, knucklehead, moron, nitwit, numskull (or numbskull), pinhead

Antonyms: Adjective

atrocious, awful, execrable, lousy, pathetic, poor, rotten, terrible, vile, wretched

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Examples of wizard in a Sentence

Noun

He is a wizard at math. the old wizard who introduces the young naïf to a life of adventure is one of the most overworked tropes in fantasy literature

Adjective

a young Brit who's a wizard tennis player, although not ready for Wimbledon just yet
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Any witch, wizard, warlock, goblin, and or muggle can agree that there is nothing more enchanting than a well packaged (and scented) seasonal candle. Katelyn Chef, Teen Vogue, "5 Harry Potter Holiday Candles," 9 Nov. 2018 Because your crew just arrived in Atlas and has little idea what’s happening, the game takes pains to explain what’s going on during the chase to get your captain/techno-wizard back, for instance. Daniel Starkey, Ars Technica, "Starlink: Battle for Atlas review: Cool toys, solid spacefaring," 16 Oct. 2018 Plus, Stan's fellow Durmstrang wizard, Tolga, posted a selfie of the duo from inside The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "These "Harry Potter" Cast Reunions Will Make You Cry Tears Of Joy," 5 Oct. 2018 Setting aside, Chef Liam Tomlin is a culinary wizard of note in the South African dining scene, with his dazzlingly inventive set tapas menu recasting him as something of a Picasso on the plate, creative with flavor as much as with presentation. Sarah Khan, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips From Cape Town," 14 Sep. 2018 That’s what the wizards at Eagle Creek Luggage have conjured with the new Morphus International Wheeled Carry-On. Judi Dash, latimes.com, "Gear that improves on what was and changes what might be," 25 Feb. 2018 Those boy wizards down the street can breathe easy. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Sleights of Hand With Cards, Coins and a Colander," 26 June 2018 Buckley called his Klan chapter’s imperial wizard — one of his closest friends. Washington Post, "In the Army and the Klan, he hated Muslims.," 5 June 2018 No, no, not that Oz with the wizard and Dorothy—although, the room did have a dreamlike otherworldliness—but Down Under Oz, the shorthand for Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales’s home country, Australia. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Romance Was Born Brings Its “Kinda Couture” to Paris," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of wizard

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for wizard

Noun

Middle English wysard, from wis, wys wise

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wizard

noun

English Language Learners Definition of wizard

: a person who is skilled in magic or who has magical powers : a sorcerer or magician

: a person who is very good at something

wizard

noun
wiz·​ard | \ˈwi-zərd \

Kids Definition of wizard

2 : a very clever or skillful person a carpentry wizard

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