worried or tormented, as by a witch.

Origin of hagridden

First recorded in 1675–85; hag1 + ridden



verb (used with object), hag·rode or (Archaic) hag·rid; hag·rid·den or (Archaic) hag·rid; hag·rid·ing.

to afflict with worry, dread, need, or the like; torment.

Origin of hagride

First recorded in 1655–65; hag1 + ride
Related formshag·rid·er, noun
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tormented or worried, as if by a witch
facetious (of a man) harassed by women
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Word Origin and History for hag-ridden

1680s, "afflicted by nightmares," from hag (n.) + ridden. An old term for sleep paralysis, the sensation of being held immobile in bed, often by a heavy weight, and accompanied by a sense of alien presence. A holed stone hung over the bed was said to prevent it. Hag-ride as a verb is attested from 1660s.

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