hag

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noun

an ugly old woman, especially a vicious or malicious one.
a witch or sorceress.

Nearby words

  1. hafiz,
  2. hafnium,
  3. haft,
  4. haftarah,
  5. hafun,
  6. hag-ridden,
  7. hag.,
  8. haganah,
  9. hagar,
  10. hagborn

Origin of hag

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1175–1225; Middle English hagge, Old English *hægge, akin to hægtesse witch, hagorūn spell, German Hexe witch

SYNONYMS FOR hag
Related formshag·gish, hag·like, adjective

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Examples from the Web for haggish

  • Haggish beldames fill all our markets,” says Chevalier, “and three-fourths of our fields.

    The Young Maiden|A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey


British Dictionary definitions for haggish

hag

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noun

an unpleasant or ugly old woman
a witch
short for hagfish
obsolete a female demon
Derived Formshaggish, adjectivehaggishly, adverbhaggishness, nounhaglike, adjective

Word Origin for hag

Old English hægtesse witch; related to Old High German hagazussa, Middle Dutch haghetisse

hag

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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

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Word Origin and History for haggish

hag

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