American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One who practices magic; a sorcerer or magician.
- n. A skilled or clever person: a wizard at math.
- n. Archaic A sage.
- adj. Chiefly British Slang Excellent.
- adj. Archaic Of or relating to wizards or wizardry.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To effect by wizardry or enchantment.
- n. A wise man; a sage.
- n. A proficient in the occult sciences; an adept in the black art; one supposed to possess supernatural powers, generally from having leagued himself with the Evil One; a sorcerer; an enchanter; a magician; hence, a title occasionally applied to, or assumed by, modern performers of legerdemain; a conjuror; a juggler. See witch.
- Magic; having magical powers; enchanting: as, a wizard spell.
- n. One who uses (or has skill with) magic, mystic items, and magical and mystical practices.
- n. One who is especially skilled or unusually talented in a particular field.
- n. computing A computer program or script used to simplify complex operations, often for an inexperienced user.
- n. Internet One of the administrators of a multi-user dungeon.
- adj. slang, dated, UK Fine, superb (originally RAF slang).
- v. intransitive To practice wizardry.
- v. transitive To conjure.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete A wise man; a sage.
- n. One devoted to the black art; a magician; a conjurer; a sorcerer; an enchanter.
- adj. Enchanting; charming.
- adj. Haunted by wizards.
- adj. possessing or using or characteristic of or appropriate to supernatural powers
- n. one who practices magic or sorcery
- n. someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field
- From Middle English wys ("wise") + -ard. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English wisard : wise, wise; see wise1 + -ard, pejorative suff.; see -ard. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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