hex

1
[ heks ]
/ hɛks /

verb (used with object)

to bewitch; practice witchcraft on: He was accused of hexing his neighbors' cows because they suddenly stopped giving milk.

noun

spell; charm: With all this rain, somebody must have put a hex on our picnic.
a witch.

Nearby words

  1. hewers of wood and drawers of water,
  2. hewish,
  3. hewitt,
  4. hewlett,
  5. hewn,
  6. hex sign,
  7. hex.,
  8. hexa-,
  9. hexabasic,
  10. hexachloride

Origin of hex

1
1820–30; < German Hexe witch; see hag1

Related formshex·er, noun

hex

2
[ heks ]
/ hɛks /

adjective Informal.

hexagonal: a bolt with a matching washer and hex nut.

Origin of hex

2
First recorded in 1920–25; by shortening

hexa-

a combining form meaning “six,” used in the formation of compound words: hexapartite.
Also especially before a vowel, hex-.

Origin of hexa-

combining form representing Greek héx six

hex.

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British Dictionary definitions for hex

hex

1
/ (hɛks) /

noun

  1. short for hexadecimal
  2. (as modifier)hex code

verb

(tr) to bewitch

noun

an evil spell or symbol of bad luck
a witch
Derived Formshexer, noun

Word Origin for hex

C19: via Pennsylvania Dutch from German Hexe witch, from Middle High German hecse, perhaps from Old High German hagzissa; see hag 1

hexa-

before a vowel hex-

combining form

sixhexachord; hexameter

Word Origin for hexa-

from Greek, from hex six

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Word Origin and History for hex
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Medicine definitions for hex

hexa-

pref.

Six:hexagram.
Containing six atoms, molecules, or groups:hexose.

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