[ hag ]
/ hæg /
an ugly old woman, especially a vicious or malicious one.
a witch or sorceress.
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Origin of hag1
1175–1225; Middle English hagge,Old English *hægge, akin to hægtesse witch, hagorūn spell, German Hexe witch
OTHER WORDS FROM haghaggish, haglike, adjective
Other definitions for hag (2 of 3)
[ hag, hahg ]
/ hæg, hɑg /
noun British Dialect.
a firm spot or island of firm ground in a bog or marsh.
Origin of hag2
1250–1300; Middle English: chasm <Old Norse hǫgg a cut, ravine
Other definitions for hag (3 of 3)
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How to use hag in a sentence
How did a pageant seeking a “role model to young and old alike” allow in such an old hag?!
She blogs about science, religion, feminism, and sex at her blog Blag Hag.
The hag sprang to her feet, her sullen face ghastly in the dim light, her eyes lurid with hate.
A wonderful merry pair, they seemed; and when Francie had crawled out of the hag, he had a great deal to consider in his mind.
After walking for some time he found himself in a great forest, where he saw a wretched old hag asleep under a tree.
The hag, again opening her shears, was already approaching the web anew, when she saw the shadow of Carlino.
In the North of England the elves seem to have been known as hags, for fairy rings are there known as hag tracks.
British Dictionary definitions for hag (1 of 3)
an unpleasant or ugly old woman
obsolete a female demon
Derived forms of haghaggish, adjectivehaggishly, adverbhaggishness, nounhaglike, adjective
Word Origin for hag
Old English hægtesse witch; related to Old High German hagazussa, Middle Dutch haghetisse
British Dictionary definitions for hag (2 of 3)
noun Scot and Northern English dialect
a firm spot in a bog
a soft place in a moor
Word Origin for hag
C13: of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse högg gap; see hew
British Dictionary definitions for hag (3 of 3)
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