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[wiz-erd] /ˈwɪz ərd/
a person who practices magic; magician or sorcerer.
a conjurer or juggler.
Also, whiz, wiz,
[wiz] /wɪz/ (Show IPA)
. a person of amazing skill or accomplishment:
a wizard at chemistry.
Computers. a software feature that guides users through complex procedures with step-by-step instructions, often presented in dialog boxes.
of or relating to a wizard.
British Slang. superb; excellent; wonderful:
That's wizard!
Origin of wizard
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English wisard. See wise1, -ard
Related forms
wizardlike, adjective
1. enchanter, necromancer, thaumaturge, diviner. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He felt that he had been used unjustly; after all, he was not a wizard—what did the Chief expect!

    The Destroyer Burton Egbert Stevenson
  • On it the wizard had placed his fortune of ninety millions of dollars.

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
  • When he heard this, Lorenzo turned pale, for he did not love this midnight errand to the wizard's chamber.

  • When all these searchers were gone, Dorothy and the wizard completed their own preparations.

    The Lost Princess of Oz L. Frank Baum
  • If I am hanged for a traitor, he ought to be burnt for a wizard.

    Windsor Castle William Harrison Ainsworth
British Dictionary definitions for wizard


a male witch or a man who practises or professes to practise magic or sorcery
a person who is outstandingly clever in some specified field; expert
(obsolete) a wise man
(computing) a computer program that guides a user through a complex task
(informal, mainly Brit) superb; outstanding
of or relating to a wizard or wizardry
Derived Forms
wizardly, adjective
Word Origin
C15: variant of wissard, from wise1 + -ard
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for wizard

mid-15c., "philosopher, sage," from Middle English wys "wise" (see wise (adj.)) + -ard. Cf. Lithuanian zynyste "magic," zynys "sorcerer," zyne "witch," all from zinoti "to know." The ground sense is perhaps "to know the future." The meaning "one with magical power" did not emerge distinctly until c.1550, the distinction between philosophy and magic being blurred in the Middle Ages. As a slang word meaning "excellent" it is recorded from 1922.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for wizard



Excellent; great, tits, super

[1922+; first recorded in Sinclair Lewis, but afterwards chiefly British]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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wizard in Technology

1. A person who knows how a complex piece of software or hardware works (that is, who groks it); especially someone who can find and fix bugs quickly in an emergency. Someone is a hacker if he or she has general hacking ability, but is a wizard with respect to something only if he or she has specific detailed knowledge of that thing. A good hacker could become a wizard for something given the time to study it.
2. A person who is permitted to do things forbidden to ordinary people; one who has wheel privileges on a system.
3. A Unix expert, especially a Unix systems programmer. This usage is well enough established that "Unix Wizard" is a recognised job title at some corporations and to most headhunters.
See guru, lord high fixer. See also deep magic, heavy wizardry, incantation, magic, mutter, rain dance, voodoo programming, wave a dead chicken.
4. An interactive help utility that guides the user through a potentially complex task, such as configuring a PPP driver to work with a new modem. Wizards are often implemented as a sequence of dialog boxes which the user can move forward and backward through, filling in the details required. The implication is that the expertise of a human wizard in one of the above senses is encapsulated in the software wizard, allowing the average user to perform expertly.
[Jargon File]

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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wizard in the Bible

a pretender to supernatural knowledge and power, "a knowing one," as the original Hebrew word signifies. Such an one was forbidden on pain of death to practise his deceptions (Lev. 19:31; 20:6, 27; 1 Sam. 28:3; Isa. 8:19; 19:3).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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