[ bih-wich-ing ]
/ bɪˈwɪtʃ ɪŋ /


enchanting; charming; fascinating.

Nearby words

  1. bewildered,
  2. bewildering,
  3. bewilderment,
  4. bewitch,
  5. bewitched,
  6. bewray,
  7. bexhill,
  8. bexley,
  9. bey,
  10. beyle

Origin of bewitching

First recorded in 1555–65; bewitch + -ing2

Related formsbe·witch·ing·ly, adverbun·be·witch·ing, adjectiveun·be·witch·ing·ly, adverb


[ bih-wich ]
/ bɪˈwɪtʃ /

verb (used with object)

to affect by witchcraft or magic; cast a spell over.
to enchant; charm; fascinate: The painter bewitched the crowd with his latest work.

verb (used without object)

to cause someone to be enchanted; cast a spell over someone: She lost her power to bewitch.

Origin of bewitch

First recorded in 1175–1225, bewitch is from the Middle English word biwicchen. See be-, witch

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (bɪˈwɪtʃ) /

verb (tr)

to attract and fascinate; enchant
to cast a spell over
Derived Formsbewitching, adjectivebewitchingly, adverb

Word Origin for bewitch

C13 bewicchen; see be-, witch

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Word Origin and History for bewitching



c.1200, biwicchen, from be- + Old English wiccian "to enchant, to practice witchcraft" (see witch). Literal at first, figurative sense of "to fascinate" is from 1520s. *Bewiccian may well have existed in Old English, but it is not attested. Related: Bewitched; bewitching; bewitchingly.

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