Hag meaning

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(offensive) An old woman considered to be ugly or frightening.
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A boggy area; a quagmire.
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A spot in boggy land that is softer or more solid than the surrounding area.
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A cutting in a peat bog.
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Haggai.
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(obs.) A female demon or evil spirit.
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(archaic) A witch; enchantress.
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An ugly, often vicious, old woman.
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To cut; hack.
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(bible) Haggai.
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(pejorative) An ugly old woman.
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A fury; a she-monster.

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A hagfish; an eel-like marine marsipobranch, Myxine glutinosa, allied to the lamprey, with a suctorial mouth, labial appendages, and a single pair of gill openings.
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An appearance of light and fire on a horse's mane or a man's hair.

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The fruit of the hagberry, Prunus padus.
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To harass; to weary with vexation.
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A small wood, or part of a wood or copse, which is marked off or enclosed for felling, or which has been felled.
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A quagmire; mossy ground where peat or turf has been cut.

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A hagfish.
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Origin of hag

  • Middle English gap, chasm of Scandinavian origin Old Norse högg kau- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English hagge perhaps short for Old English hægtesse witch

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English hagge, hegge 'demon, old woman', shortening of Old English hægtesse, hægtes (“harpy, witch”), from Proto-Germanic *hagatusjōn (compare Saterland Frisian Häkse (“witch”), Dutch heks, German Hexe (“witch”)), compounds of (1) *hagaz 'able, skilled' (compare Old Norse hagr (“handy, skillful”), Middle High German behac (“pleasurable”)), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱak- (compare Sanskrit [script?] (śaknóti, “he can”)[Devanagari?]), and (2) *tusjōn 'witch' (compare dialectal Norwegian tysja (“fairy, she-elf”)).

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  • Scots hag (“to cut”); compare English hack.

    From Wiktionary