- The definition of a witch is a woman thought to be able to cast spells or possess magical powers, or the term connotes evil and can also be used to describe a mean old woman.
- A witch is a woman who has supernatural powers and practices sorcery.
- A witch is a mean, unkind women who people do not like.
- a person, esp. a woman, having supernatural power as by a compact with the devil or evil spirits; sorceress
- 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: Middle 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
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- A woman claiming or popularly believed to possess magical powers and practice sorcery.
- A believer or follower of Wicca; a Wiccan.
- A hag.
- A woman considered to be spiteful or overbearing.
- Informal A woman or girl considered bewitching.
- 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).
- To work or cast a spell on; bewitch.
- To cause, bring, or effect by witchcraft.
Origin: Middle English wicche, from Old English wicce, witch, and wicca, wizard, sorcerer; see weg- in Indo-European roots.
- witchˈer·y noun
- witchˈy adjective