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wizard

[wiz-erd] /ˈwɪz ərd/
noun
1.
a person who practices magic; magician or sorcerer.
2.
a conjurer or juggler.
3.
Also, whiz, wiz,
[wiz] /wɪz/ (Show IPA)
. a person of amazing skill or accomplishment:
a wizard at chemistry.
4.
Computers. a software feature that guides users through complex procedures with step-by-step instructions, often presented in dialog boxes.
adjective
5.
of or relating to a wizard.
6.
7.
British Slang. superb; excellent; wonderful:
That's wizard!
Origin of wizard
late Middle English
1400-1450
First recorded in 1400-50, wizard is from the late Middle English word wisard. See wise1, -ard
Related forms
wizardlike, adjective
Synonyms
1. enchanter, necromancer, thaumaturge, diviner.
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  • In Renfrew he was regarded as a kind of wizard, and he is said to have emigrated to Virginia, where he died.

  • "And your handkerchief is just as pretty as ever," said the wizard, returning it to Gertie.

  • At a nearer view the wizard looked even uglier than from a distance.

    Prince Vance Eleanor Putnam
  • He was extremely anxious not to say anything to make the wizard angry.

    Prince Vance Eleanor Putnam
  • For some time longer the wizard made tatting in silence; then once again he spoke.

    Prince Vance Eleanor Putnam
British Dictionary definitions for wizard

wizard

/ˈwɪzəd/
noun
1.
a male witch or a man who practises or professes to practise magic or sorcery
2.
a person who is outstandingly clever in some specified field; expert
3.
(obsolete) a wise man
4.
(computing) a computer program that guides a user through a complex task
adjective
5.
(informal, mainly Brit) superb; outstanding
6.
of or relating to a wizard or wizardry
Derived Forms
wizardly, adjective
Word Origin
C15: variant of wissard, from wise1 + -ard
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Word Origin and History for wizard
n.

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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for wizard

wizard

adjective

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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