- a human being.
- a supernatural being, as a witch or sprite.
- any living being; a creature.
Origin of wight1
- strong and brave, especially in war.
- active; nimble.
Origin of wight2
- Isle of, an island off the S coast of England, forming an administrative division of Hampshire. 147 sq. mi. (381 sq. km). County seat: Newport.
Examples from the Web for wight
The yacht, as we before observed, was bound to Cowes, in the Isle of Wight.The Pirate and The Three Cutters
Seen from the west the Wight is beautiful beyond all laws of beauty.Howards End
E. M. Forster
He was formally arrested by Wight and committed for trial by the Inspector.Policing the Plains
What wight have you to cwout yourthelf into a theat bethide a gentleman, thir?Frank Merriwell's Bravery
Burt L. Standish
I see, by the course you are steering, that you are making for the Isle of Wight.No Surrender!
G. A. Henty
- archaic a human being
- archaic strong and brave; valiant
- Isle of Wight an island and county of S England in the English Channel. Administrative centre: Newport. Pop: 136 300 (2003 est). Area: 380 sq km (147 sq miles)
Word Origin and History for wight
Old English wiht "living being, creature," from Proto-Germanic *wekhtiz (cf. Old Saxon wiht "thing, demon," Dutch wicht "a little child," Old High German wiht "thing, creature, demon," German Wicht "creature, infant," Old Norse vettr "thing, creature," Swedish vätte "spirit of the earth, gnome," Gothic waihts "something"). The only apparent cognate outside Germanic is Old Church Slavonic vešti "a thing." Not related to the Isle of Wight, which is from Latin Vectis (c.150), originally Celtic, possibly meaning "place of the division."