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[wawr-lok] /ˈwɔrˌlɒk/
a man who professes or is supposed to practice magic or sorcery; a male witch; sorcerer.
a fortuneteller or conjurer.
Origin of warlock
before 900; Middle English warloghe, -lach, Old English wǣrloga oathbreaker, devil, equivalent to wǣr covenant + -loga betrayer (derivative of lēogan to lie) Unabridged
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  • And we plan a corroboree at the colony after the warlock is down, when there will be some excellently practiced singing.

    Sand Doom William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • Ye'll neither dee for your wit nor be drowned for a warlock.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • At that moment she caught Mr. warlock's eyes mournfully fixed upon her.

    A Charming Fellow, Volume I (of 3) Frances Eleanor Trollope
  • The skipper of the warlock gazed until he was completely sure.

    Sand Doom William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • Now Vigi the warlock knew every man's affairs who came to the steading or left it.

British Dictionary definitions for warlock


a man who practises black magic; sorcerer
a fortune-teller, conjuror, or magician
Word Origin
Old English wǣrloga oath breaker, from wǣr oath + -loga liar, from lēogan to lie1


Peter, real name Philip Arnold Heseltine. 1894–1930, British composer and scholar of early English music. His works include song cycles, such as The Curlew (1920–22), and the Capriol Suite (1926) for strings
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Word Origin and History for warlock

Old English wærloga "traitor, liar, enemy," from wær "faith, a compact" (cf. Old High German wara "truth," Old Norse varar "solemn promise, vow;" see very; cf. also Varangian) + agent noun related to leogan "to lie" (see lie (v.1)).

Original primary sense seems to have been "oath-breaker;" given special application to the devil (c.1000), but also used of giants and cannibals. Meaning "one in league with the devil" is recorded from c.1300. Ending in -ck and meaning "male equivalent of a witch" (1560s) are from Scottish.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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