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[wee-juh or, often, -jee] /ˈwi dʒə or, often, -dʒi/
a device consisting of a small board, or planchette, on legs that rest on a larger board marked with words, letters of the alphabet, etc., and that by moving over the larger board and touching the words, letters, etc., while the fingers of spiritualists, mediums, or others rest lightly upon it, is employed to answer questions, give messages, etc.
Also called Ouija board. Unabridged
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  • It is to be presumed that every reader of this book knows what a ouija board is, and, roughly, what it does.

  • Also, Rudolph, remember the ouija board said two would die at four.

  • Disavowing any especial clairvoyant ability, she yet achieved marvelous results from the ouija board.

    The Come Back Carolyn Wells
  • Drennan—To continue placing more confidence in the washboard than in the ouija board.

  • Yet it isn't just a toy; sometimes, much as the ouija board, it's a real aid to memory.

    The Worlds of If Stanley Grauman Weinbaum
  • Don't desecrate that boy's memory by even an implication that he'd fiddle with a ouija board!

    The Come Back Carolyn Wells
British Dictionary definitions for ouija board

Ouija board

trademark a board on which are marked the letters of the alphabet. Answers to questions are spelt out by a pointer or glass held by the fingertips of the participants, and are supposedly formed by spiritual forces
Word Origin
C19: from French oui yes + German ja yes
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Word Origin and History for ouija board


1891, a trademark name (originally by Kennard Novelty Co., Baltimore, Md.), compounded from French oui + German ja, both meaning "yes."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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