- A witch is a woman who has supernatural powers and practices sorcery.
- A witch is a mean, unkind women who people do not like.
- Folklore a person, esp. a woman, having supernatural power as by a compact with the devil or evil spirits
- an ugly and ill-tempered old woman; hag; crone
- a practitioner or follower of white magic or of Wicca
- Informal a bewitching or fascinating woman or girl
- water witch (sense )
Origin of witchMiddle English wicche from Old English wicce, feminine of wicca, sorcerer, akin to Middle Dutch wicken, to use magic from Indo-European base an unverified form weik-, to separate (hence set aside for religious worship) from source Gothic weihs, holy, Old English wig, idol
- to put a magic spell on; bewitch
- Archaic to charm; fascinate
- A person, especially a woman, claiming or popularly believed to possess magical powers and practice sorcery.
- A believer or follower of Wicca; a Wiccan.
- a. Offensive An old woman considered to be ugly or frightening.b. A woman considered to be spiteful or overbearing.c. Informal A woman or girl considered to be charming or fascinating.
- One particularly skilled or competent at one's craft: “A witch of a writer, [she] is capable of developing an intensity that verges on ferocity” ( Peter S. Prescott )
verbwitched, witch·ing, witch·es
- To work or cast a spell on; bewitch.
- To cause, bring, or effect by witchcraft.
Origin of witchMiddle English wicche from Old English wicce witch and wicca wizard, sorcerer ; see weg- in Indo-European roots.
- (archaic or dialectal) A man who practises witchcraft.
- A woman who is learned in and actively practices witchcraft.
- (derogatory) An ugly or unpleasant woman.
- I hate that old witch.
- One who exercises more than common power of attraction; a charming or bewitching person.
- One given to mischief, especially a woman or child.
- (geometry) A certain curve of the third order, described by Maria Agnesi under the name versiera.
- The stormy petrel.
- Certain flatfish:
- Glyptocephalus cynoglossus (Torbay sole), found in the North Atlantic.
- Lepidorhombus whiffiagonis (megrim), found in the North Atlantic.
- Arnoglossus scapha, found near New Zealand
- (Wicca) A Wiccan.
(third-person singular simple present witches, present participle witching, simple past and past participle witched)
From Middle English wicche, from Old English wiÄ‹Ä‹e (“sorceress, witch") and wicca (“witch, sorcerer, warlock"), from Proto-Germanic *wikjÃ´ (“necromancer, waker of the dead") (compare West Frisian wikke (“witch"), Low German wikken, wicken (“to use witchcraft"), Old High German wÄ«han (“to consecrate"), Old English wiÄ¡le (“divination")), from Proto-Indo-European *weik- 'to choose, sacrifice, conjure'; akin to Latin victima (“sacrificial victim"), Lithuanian viekas (“life-force"), Sanskrit à¤µà¤¿à¤¨à¤•à¥à¤¤à¤¿ (vinÃ¡kti, “to sift, separate out").