Wraith Definition

rāth
wraiths
noun
wraiths
A ghost.
Webster's New World
The spectral figure of a person supposedly seen as a premonition just before that person's death.
Webster's New World
Something faint or insubstantial.
American Heritage

Other Word Forms of Wraith

Noun

Singular:
wraith
Plural:
wraiths

Origin of Wraith

  • The first attestation dates to 1513, in the Middle Scots translation alone of Aeneid: "Nor áµ¹it na vayn wrathys nor gaiftis quent Thi char conftrenyt bakwart forto went," "Syklyke as that, thai fay, in diuers placis The wraithis walkis of goiftis that ar ded," "Thydder went this wrath or fchaddo of Ene, That femyt, all abafyt, faft to fle,".

    From Wiktionary

  • The word has no certain etymology. J. R. R. Tolkien favored a link with writhe. Also compared are Scottish Gaelic warth and Old Norse vörðr (“watcher, guardian"), whence Icelandic vörður (“guard"). See wray/wreien and bewray; therefore "fama..figuras" becomes "wraithis".

    From Wiktionary

  • Origin unknown

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

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