- worried or tormented, as by a witch.
Origin of hagridden
- to afflict with worry, dread, need, or the like; torment.
Origin of hagride
Examples from the Web for hag-ridden
"I'm not imaginative," he said, "but if I'd been hag-ridden as you have——" He broke off abruptly.Regiment of Women
Whitaker waited by the desk, a gaunt, weary man, hag-ridden by fear.The Destroying Angel
Louis Joseph Vance
Europe, he says ('Chartism'), lay "hag-ridden" and "quack-ridden."
We thought him looking old and hag-ridden, but Doria seemed happy.Jaffery
William J. Locke
He was neither overlorded by sentiment nor hag-ridden by imagination.The Human Drift
- tormented or worried, as if by a witch
- facetious (of a man) harassed by women
Word Origin and History for hag-ridden
1680s, "afflicted by nightmares," from hag (n.) + ridden. An old term for sleep paralysis, the sensation of being held immobile in bed, often by a heavy weight, and accompanied by a sense of alien presence. A holed stone hung over the bed was said to prevent it. Hag-ride as a verb is attested from 1660s.