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  1. a person, now especially a woman, who professes or is supposed to practice magic or sorcery; a sorceress.: Compare warlock.

  2. a woman who is supposed to have evil or wicked magical powers: witches in black robes and pointed hats.

  1. an ugly or mean old woman; hag: the old witch who used to own this building.

  2. a person who uses a divining rod; dowser.

verb (used with object)
  1. to bring by or as by witchcraft (often followed by into, to, etc.): She witched him into going.

  2. Archaic. to affect as if by witchcraft; bewitch; charm.

verb (used without object)
  1. to prospect with a divining rod; dowse.

  1. of, relating to, or designed as protection against witches.

Origin of witch

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

Other words from witch

  • witchhood, noun
  • witchlike, adjective
  • un·der·witch, noun

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How to use witch in a sentence

  • They used to believe in witchcraft, and they burned millions—yes, millions—of innocent women as witches.

    God and my Neighbour | Robert Blatchford
  • Jim was most ruined for a servant, because he got stuck up on account of having seen the devil and been rode by witches.

    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete | Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Rene, the perfumer, is kept under guard in his own house by Solern's equerry, and so are the two witches.

    Catherine de' Medici | Honore de Balzac
  • We are far from knowing just what happens when we pour acids and alkalies and foods into this witches' cauldron of blood.

    The Treatment of Hay Fever | George Frederick Laidlaw
  • All women affected by the belief in witches and in the uncleanness of woman.

    Taboo and Genetics | Melvin Moses Knight, Iva Lowther Peters, and Phyllis Mary Blanchard

British Dictionary definitions for witch (1 of 3)


/ (wɪtʃ) /

  1. historically, in mythology and fiction, a woman believed to practise magic or sorcery, esp black magic

  2. a practitioner of a Nature-based religion founded on ancient beliefs, which honours both a male and female divine principle and includes the practice of magic, esp healing magic, and divination

  1. informal, derogatory an ugly or wicked woman

  2. a fascinating or enchanting woman

  3. short for water witch

  1. (tr) to cause or change by or as if by witchcraft

  2. a less common word for bewitch

Origin of witch

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

Derived forms of witch

  • witchlike, adjective

British Dictionary definitions for witch (2 of 3)


/ (wɪtʃ) /

  1. 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)

Origin of witch

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

British Dictionary definitions for witch- (3 of 3)


  1. having pliant branches: witchweed

Origin of witch-

Old English wice and wic; probably from Germanic wik- bend

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