hex

2
[heks]

adjective Informal.

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

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

2
First recorded in 1920–25; by shortening

hex

1
[heks]

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.

Origin of hex

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

Related formshex·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for hexer

hex

1

noun

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

hex

2

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

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Word Origin and History for hexer

hex

v.

1830, American English, from Pennsylvania German hexe "to practice witchcraft," from German hexen "to hex," related to Hexe "witch," from Middle High German hecse, hexse, from Old High German hagazussa (see hag). Noun meaning "magic spell" is first recorded 1909; earlier it meant "a witch" (1856).

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