- Obsolete a living being; creature
- Archaic a human being; person: now sometimes used in a patronizing or commiserating sense
Origin of wightMiddle English wiht ; from Old English akin to German wicht, creature, Gothic waihts, thing ; from Indo-European base an unverified form wekti-, thing from source Old Church Slavonic veštǐ, thing
Origin of wightMiddle English wihte ; from Old Norse vigt, neuter of vigr, skilled in arms, akin to Old English wigan, to fight: for Indo-European base see victor
Origin of wightMiddle English, from Old English wiht; see wekti- in Indo-European roots.
Origin of wightMiddle English, from Old Norse vīgt, neuter of vīgr, able to fight; see weik-3 in Indo-European roots.
From Middle English, from Old English wiht (â€œwight, person, creature, being, whit, thing, something, anythingâ€), from Proto-Germanic *wihtiz (â€œessence, objectâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *wekti- (â€œcause, sake, thingâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *wekÊ·- (â€œto say, tellâ€). Cognate with Old High German wiht (â€œcreature, thingâ€) , Dutch wicht, German Wicht, Swedish vÃ¤tte. See also whit.
The meaning of the wraith-like creature is from barrow-wights in J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth world.
From Middle English, from Old Norse vÃgt, neuter of vÃgr (â€œskilled in fighting, of ageâ€), cognate with Old English wÄ«Ä¡ .