verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to force or impose (usually used in the negative): I wouldn't wish that awful job on my worst enemy.
- Also wish upon.to make a wish using some object as a magical talisman: to wish on a star.
Origin of wish
Synonyms for wish
Examples from the Web for wisher
Historical Examples of wisher
True, but not to the wisher, nor does the idea of it enter his mind.Imaginary Conversations and Poems
Walter Savage Landor
And she said the spell that undid the secret of the Pot to the wisher.The Field of Clover
Each wish was followed by a little laugh, as if the wisher was ashamed of showing even so minute an emotion.Tomaso's Fortune and Other Stories
Henry Seton Merriman
Zura with stern, forbidding brows, but laughing eyes, rebuked the wisher.The House of the Misty Star
Fannie Caldwell Macaulay
Her wisher was so undeveloped that she could only wish for things available to people of moderate affluence.We Can't Have Everything
Word Origin for wish
Old English wyscan "to wish," from Proto-Germanic *wunskijanan (cf. Old Norse æskja, Danish ønske, Swedish önska, Middle Dutch wonscen, Dutch wensen, Old High German wunsken, German wunschen "to wish"), from PIE *wun-/*wen-/*won- "to strive after, wish, desire, be satisfied" (cf. Sanskrit vanati "he desires, loves, wins," Latin venus "love, sexual desire, loveliness," venerari "to worship;" see Venus). The noun is attested from c.1300. Wish fulfillment (1901) translates German wunscherfüllung (Freud, "Die Traumdeutung," 1900).
In addition to the idiom beginning with wish
- wish on
- if wishes were horses