from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An evil spell; a curse.
- n. One that brings bad luck.
- transitive v. To put a hex on.
- transitive v. To bring or wish bad luck to: "Chilly evening weather and a chain of minor snafus seemed to hex the $5,000-a-seat gala on Governors Island” ( Newsweek).
- adj. Hexagonal. Used of hardware.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To put a hex (a spell, especially an evil spell) on.
- n. An evil spell or curse.
- n. A witch.
- n. A spell (now rare but still found in compounds such as hex sign and hexcraft).
- n. Short for hexadecimal.
Pennsylvania Dutch, from German hexen, to hex, from Hexe, witch, from Middle High German hecse, from Old High German hagzissa.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First attested about 1830, from Pennsylvania German hexe ("to practice witchcraft"), from German hexen (compare Hexe ("witch")). The noun appeared later, in the 1850s. (Wiktionary)
Short for hexadecimal. (Wiktionary)