from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A woman claiming or popularly believed to possess magical powers and practice sorcery.
- n. A believer or follower of Wicca; a Wiccan.
- n. A hag.
- n. A woman considered to be spiteful or overbearing.
- n. Informal A woman or girl considered bewitching.
- n. One particularly skilled or competent at one's craft: "A witch of a writer, [she] is capable of developing an intensity that verges on ferocity” ( Peter S. Prescott).
- transitive v. To work or cast a spell on; bewitch.
- transitive v. To cause, bring, or effect by witchcraft.
- intransitive v. To use a divining rod to find underground water or minerals; dowse.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A man who practises witchcraft.
- n. A woman who is learned in and actively practices witchcraft.
- n. An ugly or unpleasant woman.
- n. A Wiccan.
- v. To practise witchcraft
- v. To bewitch
- n. An Atlantic flatfish, Glyptocephalus cynoglossus; Torbay sole.
- v. To dowse for water
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A cone of paper which is placed in a vessel of lard or other fat, and used as a taper.
- n. One who practices the black art, or magic; one regarded as possessing supernatural or magical power by compact with an evil spirit, esp. with the Devil; a sorcerer or sorceress; -- now applied chiefly or only to women, but formerly used of men as well.
- n. An ugly old woman; a hag.
- n. One who exercises more than common power of attraction; a charming or bewitching person; also, one given to mischief; -- said especially of a woman or child.
- n. A certain curve of the third order, described by Maria Agnesi under the name versiera.
- n. The stormy petrel.
- n. A Wiccan; an adherent or practitioner of Wicca, a religion which in different forms may be paganistic and nature-oriented, or ditheistic. The term witch applies to both male and female adherents in this sense.
- transitive v. To bewitch; to fascinate; to enchant.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A modified and simplified form of a Jacquard attachment to a loom, for a more limited range of work; a dobby or index-machine.
- n. A person (of either sex) given to the black art; a sorcerer; a conjurer; a wizard; later and more particularly, a woman supposed to have formed a compact with the devil or with evil spirits, and to be able by their aid to operate supernaturally; one who practises sorcery or enchantment; a sorceress.
- n. An old, ugly, and crabbed or malignant woman; a hag; a crone: a term of abuse.
- n. A fascinating woman; a woman, especially a young woman or a girl, possessed of peculiar attractions, whether of beauty or of manners; a bewitching or charming young woman or girl.
- n. A charm or spell.
- n. A petrel: doubtless so called from its incessant flight, often kept up in the dark.
- n. A water-witch.
- n. The pole, pole-dab, or craigfluke, a kind of flatfish.
- To bewitch; fascinate; enchant.
- To work by charms or witchcraft; effect, cause, or bring by or as by witchcraft.
- n. The witch-elm, Ulmus montana.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a being (usually female) imagined to have special powers derived from the devil
- n. a believer in Wicca
- v. cast a spell over someone or something; put a hex on someone or something
- n. an ugly evil-looking old woman
- n. a female sorcerer or magician
Middle English wicche, from Old English wicce, witch, and wicca, wizard, sorcerer.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Origin unknown. (Wiktionary)
Origin unknown. (Wiktionary)