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wizard

[wiz-erd]
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noun
  1. a person who practices magic; magician or sorcerer.
  2. a conjurer or juggler.
  3. Also whiz, wiz [wiz] /wɪz/. a person of amazing skill or accomplishment: a wizard at chemistry.
  4. Computers. a software feature that guides users through complex procedures with step-by-step instructions, often presented in dialog boxes.
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adjective
  1. of or relating to a wizard.
  2. magic.
  3. British Slang. superb; excellent; wonderful: That's wizard!
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Origin of wizard

First recorded in 1400–50, wizard is from the late Middle English word wisard. See wise1, -ard
Related formswiz·ard·like, adjective

Synonyms

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1. enchanter, necromancer, thaumaturge, diviner.
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Examples from the Web for wizard

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Historical Examples

  • In Renfrew he was regarded as a kind of wizard, and he is said to have emigrated to Virginia, where he died.

  • "And your handkerchief is just as pretty as ever," said the Wizard, returning it to Gertie.

  • For some time longer the Wizard made tatting in silence; then once again he spoke.

    Prince Vance

    Eleanor Putnam

  • The Wizard here lowered his voice mysteriously and bent toward Vance.

    Prince Vance

    Eleanor Putnam

  • He was extremely anxious not to say anything to make the Wizard angry.

    Prince Vance

    Eleanor Putnam


British Dictionary definitions for wizard

wizard

noun
  1. a male witch or a man who practises or professes to practise magic or sorcery
  2. a person who is outstandingly clever in some specified field; expert
  3. obsolete a wise man
  4. computing a computer program that guides a user through a complex task
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adjective
  1. informal, mainly British superb; outstanding
  2. of or relating to a wizard or wizardry
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Derived Formswizardly, adjective

Word Origin

C15: variant of wissard, from wise 1 + -ard
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Word Origin and History for wizard

n.

mid-15c., "philosopher, sage," from Middle English wys "wise" (see wise (adj.)) + -ard. Cf. Lithuanian zynyste "magic," zynys "sorcerer," zyne "witch," all from zinoti "to know." The ground sense is perhaps "to know the future." The meaning "one with magical power" did not emerge distinctly until c.1550, the distinction between philosophy and magic being blurred in the Middle Ages. As a slang word meaning "excellent" it is recorded from 1922.

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