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  1. worried or tormented, as by a witch.
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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.
  1. to afflict with worry, dread, need, or the like; torment.
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Origin of hagride

First recorded in 1655–65; hag1 + ride
Related formshag·rid·er, noun
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Historical Examples of hag-ridden

  • "I'm not imaginative," he said, "but if I'd been hag-ridden as you have——" He broke off abruptly.

    Regiment of Women

    Clemence Dane

  • Whitaker waited by the desk, a gaunt, weary man, hag-ridden by fear.

    The Destroying Angel

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • Europe, he says ('Chartism'), lay "hag-ridden" and "quack-ridden."

  • We thought him looking old and hag-ridden, but Doria seemed happy.


    William J. Locke

  • He was neither overlorded by sentiment nor hag-ridden by imagination.

    The Human Drift

    Jack London

British Dictionary definitions for hag-ridden


  1. tormented or worried, as if by a witch
  2. 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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