wraith

[ reyth ]
/ reɪθ /

noun

an apparition of a living person supposed to portend his or her death.
a visible spirit.

Origin of wraith

1505–15; originally Scots; origin uncertain
Related formswraith·like, adjective
Can be confusedwraith wreath wreathe writhe
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British Dictionary definitions for wraith

wraith

/ (reɪθ) /

noun

the apparition of a person living or thought to be alive, supposed to appear around the time of his death
a ghost or any apparition
an insubstantial copy of something
something pale, thin, and lacking in substance, such as a column of smoke
Derived Formswraithlike, adjective

Word Origin for wraith

C16: Scottish, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for wraith

wraith


n.

1510s, "ghost," Scottish, of uncertain origin. Weekley suggests Old Norse vorðr "guardian" in the sense of "guardian angel." Klein points to Gaelic and Irish arrach "specter, apparition."

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