witching

[wich-ing]

noun

the use or practice of witchcraft.
fascination; charm; enchantment.

adjective

of, characterized by, or suitable for sorcery or black magic: a witching potion.
enchanting; fascinating.

Nearby words

  1. witches' butter,
  2. witches' sabbath,
  3. witches'-besom,
  4. witches'-broom,
  5. witchetty grub,
  6. witching hour,
  7. witchingly,
  8. witchweed,
  9. witchy,
  10. wite

Origin of witching

before 1000; Middle English wicching (noun and adj.), Old English wiccung (noun), derivative of wiccian to practice witchcraft. See witch, -ing1, -ing2

Related formswitch·ing·ly, adverb

witch

[wich]

noun

a person, now especially a woman, who professes or is supposed to practice magic or sorcery; a sorceress.Compare warlock.
a woman who is supposed to have evil or wicked magical powers: witches in black robes and pointed hats.
an ugly or mean old woman; hag: the old witch who used to own this building.
a person who uses a divining rod; dowser.

verb (used with object)

to bring by or as by witchcraft (often followed by into, to, etc.): She witched him into going.
Archaic. to affect as if by witchcraft; bewitch; charm.

verb (used without object)

to prospect with a divining rod; dowse.

adjective

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)

Related formswitch·hood, nounwitch·like, adjectiveun·der·witch, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for witching

witching

adjective

relating to or appropriate for witchcraft
rare bewitching

noun

witchcraft; magic
Derived Formswitchingly, adverb

witch

1

noun

historically, in mythology and fiction, a woman believed to practise magic or sorcery, esp black magic
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
informal, derogatory an ugly or wicked woman
a fascinating or enchanting woman
short for water witch

verb

(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

witch

2

noun

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 witching

witch

n.
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