[ wiz-erd ]
/ ˈwɪz ərd /


a person who practices magic; magician or sorcerer.
a conjurer or juggler.
Also whiz, wiz [wiz] /wɪz/. a person of amazing skill or accomplishment: a wizard at chemistry.
Computers. a software feature that guides users through complex procedures with step-by-step instructions, often presented in dialog boxes.


Nearby words

  1. witwatersrand,
  2. wive,
  3. wivern,
  4. wives,
  5. wiz,
  6. wizard of oz, the wonderful,
  7. wizardly,
  8. wizardry,
  9. wizen,
  10. wizened

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

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British Dictionary definitions for wizard


/ (ˈwɪzəd) /


a male witch or a man who practises or professes to practise magic or sorcery
a person who is outstandingly clever in some specified field; expert
obsolete a wise man
computing a computer program that guides a user through a complex task


informal, mainly British superb; outstanding
of or relating to a wizard or wizardry
Derived Formswizardly, adjective

Word Origin for wizard

C15: variant of wissard, from wise 1 + -ard

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Word Origin and History for wizard



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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