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adjective Informal.
  1. hexagonal: a bolt with a matching washer and hex nut.
  2. hexadecimal(def 1).

Origin of hex2

First recorded in 1920–25; by shortening


verb (used with object)
  1. to bewitch; practice witchcraft on: He was accused of hexing his neighbors' cows because they suddenly stopped giving milk.
  1. spell; charm: With all this rain, somebody must have put a hex on our picnic.
  2. a witch.

Origin of hex1

1820–30; < German Hexe witch; see hag1
Related formshex·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for hexer


    1. short for hexadecimal
    2. (as modifier)hex code


  1. (tr) to bewitch
  1. an evil spell or symbol of bad luck
  2. a witch
Derived Formshexer, noun

Word Origin

C19: via Pennsylvania Dutch from German Hexe witch, from Middle High German hecse, perhaps from Old High German hagzissa; see hag 1
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Word Origin and History for hexer



1830, American English, from Pennsylvania German hexe "to practice witchcraft," from German hexen "to hex," related to Hexe "witch," from Middle High German hecse, hexse, from Old High German hagazussa (see hag). Noun meaning "magic spell" is first recorded 1909; earlier it meant "a witch" (1856).

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