- to use witchcraft or magic on; cast a spell over
- to attract and delight irresistibly; enchant; fascinate; charm
Origin of bewitchMiddle English biwicchen from be-, intensive + wicchen from Old English wiccian from wicca, witch
transitive verbbe·witched, be·witch·ing, be·witch·es
- To place under one's power by magic; cast a spell over.
- To captivate completely; fascinate. See Synonyms at charm.
Origin of bewitchMiddle English biwicchen probably bi- be- wicchen ( from Old English wiccian ) ( from wicce witch ) ( or wicca sorcerer ); see weg- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present bewitches, present participle bewitching, simple past and past participle bewitched)
From Middle English bewicchen, equivalent to be- + witch.