But the public often thinks of him as a New Age wizard to the stars.
Lurking not far beneath the prettiness lies the real Pagford—a dystopia that would take a wizard to set right.
Replying to a fan, she wrote, “Anthony Goldstein, Ravenclaw, Jewish wizard.”
But I was able to reach Duccini, who at 94 is the oldest Munchkin from The wizard of Oz.
Franco's sheer volume of different projects–he's going to star in a wizard of Oz reboot!
He felt that he had been used unjustly; after all, he was not a wizard—what did the Chief expect!
On it the wizard had placed his fortune of ninety millions of dollars.
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.
If I am hanged for a traitor, he ought to be burnt for a 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.
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.
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).