witch (plural witches)
- A person who practices witchcraft; a woman or (now, uncommon) man who practices witchcraft.
- a. 1472, Thomas Malory, “Capitulum viij”, in [Le Morte Darthur], book I, [London: […] by William Caxton], published 31 July 1485, OCLC 71490786 ↗; republished as H[einrich] Oskar Sommer, editor, Le Morte Darthur […], London: Published by David Nutt, […], 1889, OCLC 890162034 ↗:
- Some of the kynges had merueyl of Merlyns wordes and demed well that it shold be as he said / And som of hem lough hym to scorne / as kyng Lot / and mo other called hym a wytche / But thenne were they accorded with Merlyn that kynge Arthur shold come oute and speke with the kynges.
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- (now usually particularly) A woman who is learned in and actively practices witchcraft.
- c. 1597, William Shakespeare, “The Merry VViues of VVindsor”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene 2]:
- He cannot abide the old woman of Brentford; he swears she's a witch.
- (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.
- Any of a number of flatfish:
- The Indomalayan butterfly Araotes lapithis, of the family Lycaenidae.
- (person who uses magic) seeSynonyms en
- (female magic user) wizardess, sorceress
- (male magic user) wizard, sorcerer, warlock
- (an ugly or unpleasant woman) seeSynonyms en
- French: sorcière, stryge (literaly or archaic)
- German: Hexe, Gabelreiterin, Hexer, Hexenmeister
- Italian: strega, fattucchiera, versiera, maliarda, saga (obsolete, literary)
- Portuguese: bruxa, estria, estrige, feiticeira
- Russian: ве́дьма
- Spanish: bruja, hechicera, maga
witch (witches, present participle witching; past and past participle witched)
- (obsolete, intransitive) To practise witchcraft.
- (obsolete, transitive) To bewitch.
- (intransitive) To dowse for water.
witch (plural witches)