Nearby words

  1. wistfully,
  2. wisła,
  3. wit,
  4. witan,
  5. witblits,
  6. witch alder,
  7. witch ball,
  8. witch doctor,
  9. witch grass,
  10. witch hazel

Origin of witch

before 900; Middle English wicche, Old English wicce (feminine; compare wicca(masculine) wizard; see wicked)

Related formswitch·hood, nounwitch·like, adjectiveun·der·witch, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for witch

British Dictionary definitions for witch


/ (wɪtʃ) /



(tr) to cause or change by or as if by witchcraft
a less common word for bewitch
Derived Formswitchlike, adjective

Word Origin for witch

Old English wicca; related to Middle Low German wicken to conjure, Swedish vicka to move to and fro


a flatfish, Pleuronectes (or Glyptocephalus) cynoglossus, of N Atlantic coastal waters, having a narrow greyish-brown body marked with tiny black spots: family Pleuronectidae (plaice, flounders, etc)

Word Origin for witch

C19: perhaps from witch 1, alluding to the appearance of the fish

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Word Origin and History for witch


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