from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One who practices magic; a sorcerer or magician.
  • noun A skilled or clever person.
  • noun Archaic A sage.
  • adjective Chiefly British Slang Excellent.
  • adjective Archaic Of or relating to wizards or wizardry.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To effect by wizardry or enchantment.
  • noun A wise man; a sage.
  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete A wise man; a sage.
  • noun One devoted to the black art; a magician; a conjurer; a sorcerer; an enchanter.
  • adjective Enchanting; charming.
  • adjective Haunted by wizards.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun One who uses (or has skill with) magic, mystic items, and magical and mystical practices.
  • noun One who is especially skilled or unusually talented in a particular field.
  • noun computing A computer program or script used to simplify complex operations, often for an inexperienced user.
  • noun Internet One of the administrators of a multi-user dungeon.
  • adjective slang, dated, UK Fine, superb (originally RAF slang).
  • verb intransitive To practice wizardry.
  • verb transitive To conjure.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective possessing or using or characteristic of or appropriate to supernatural powers
  • noun one who practices magic or sorcery
  • noun someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English wisard : wise, wise; see wise + -ard, pejorative suff.; see –ard.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English wys ("wise") +‎ -ard.


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