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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a person, now esp. a woman, who professes or is believed to practice magic, esp. black magic; sorceress.

    Category: Anthropology

  2. an ugly or mean old woman; hag.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  3. a person who uses a divining rod; dowser.

  4. (v.t.)to subject to or bring about by or as if by witchcraft.

  5. Archaic. to affect as if by witchcraft; bewitch; charm.

  6. Ref: dowse2 (def. 1). 1; Compare warlock.

Origin of witch:

bef. 900; ME wicche, OE wicce (fem.); cf. OE wicca (masc.) wizard, akin to wiccian to practice magic, c. MLG wikken

witch′y(adj.)witch•i•er, witch•i•est.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. enchantress, witch(noun)

    a female sorcerer or magician

  2. witch(noun)

    a being (usually female) imagined to have special powers derived from the devil

  3. Wiccan, witch(noun)

    a believer in Wicca

  4. hag, beldam, beldame, witch, crone(verb)

    an ugly evil-looking old woman

  5. hex, bewitch, glamour, witch, enchant, jinx(verb)

    cast a spell over someone or something; put a hex on someone or something

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. witch(noun)ɪtʃ

    a woman with magic powers in stories

    The witch had cast a spell on him.


  1. witch(Noun)

    A man who practises witchcraft.

  2. witch(Noun)

    A woman who is learned in and actively practices witchcraft.

  3. witch

    An ugly or unpleasant woman.

    I hate that old witch.

  4. witch

    A Wiccan.

  5. witch(Noun)

    An Atlantic flatfish, Glyptocephalus cynoglossus; Torbay sole.

  6. witch(Verb)

    To practise witchcraft

    'It approaches the witching hour'.

  7. witch(Verb)

    To bewitch

  8. witch

    To dowse for water

Webster Dictionary

  1. Witch(noun)

    a cone of paper which is placed in a vessel of lard or other fat, and used as a taper

  2. Witch(noun)

    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

  3. Witch(noun)

    an ugly old woman; a hag

  4. Witch(noun)

    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

  5. Witch(noun)

    a certain curve of the third order, described by Maria Agnesi under the name versiera

  6. Witch(noun)

    the stormy petrel

  7. Witch(verb)

    to bewitch; to fascinate; to enchant


  1. Witch

    The Witch flounder or Torbay sole is a right-eyed flatfish found in the North Atlantic. The species lives on soft bottoms between 45 and 1460 m and prefers temperatures of 2–6 °C. It eats mostly crustaceans, worms and brittlestars. It spawns from May to September. It grows to maturity in 3 or 4 years, and may live up to 14 years. The name Torbay sole appears to be a mainly culinary term, following the habit of renaming certain fish to broaden their appeal. It is also called grey flounder, witch flounder as well as other local names. The lefteye flounder Arnoglossus scapha is also known as witch.

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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a woman who is supposed to have powers of magic, usually through working with the devil.

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