warlock

[wawr-lok]
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noun
  1. a man who professes or is supposed to practice magic or sorcery; a male witch; sorcerer.
  2. a fortuneteller or conjurer.

Origin of warlock

before 900; Middle English warloghe, -lach, Old English wǣrloga oathbreaker, devil, equivalent to wǣr covenant + -loga betrayer (derivative of lēogan to lie)
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  • In a matter of—probably—years, the Warlock should receive aid.

    Sand Doom

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

  • The skipper of the Warlock gazed until he was completely sure.

    Sand Doom

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

  • You might say that we are going to die because we cannot land the Warlock with food and equipment.

    Sand Doom

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

  • When he drew near, he saw that the Warlock was sitting by the fire, sewing boots.

    Russian Fairy Tales

    W. R. S. Ralston

  • He and the Warlock talked and talked, and at last they arrived at the grave.

    Russian Fairy Tales

    W. R. S. Ralston


British Dictionary definitions for warlock

warlock

noun
  1. a man who practises black magic; sorcerer
  2. a fortune-teller, conjuror, or magician

Word Origin for warlock

Old English wǣrloga oath breaker, from wǣr oath + -loga liar, from lēogan to lie 1

Warlock

noun
  1. Peter, real name Philip Arnold Heseltine. 1894–1930, British composer and scholar of early English music. His works include song cycles, such as The Curlew (1920–22), and the Capriol Suite (1926) for strings
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Word Origin and History for warlock
n.

Old English wærloga "traitor, liar, enemy," from wær "faith, a compact" (cf. Old High German wara "truth," Old Norse varar "solemn promise, vow;" see very; cf. also Varangian) + agent noun related to leogan "to lie" (see lie (v.1)).

Original primary sense seems to have been "oath-breaker;" given special application to the devil (c.1000), but also used of giants and cannibals. Meaning "one in league with the devil" is recorded from c.1300. Ending in -ck and meaning "male equivalent of a witch" (1560s) are from Scottish.

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