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Princeton's WordNet

  1. creature, wight(noun)

    a human being; `wight' is an archaic term

  2. Wight, Isle of Wight(noun)

    an isle and county of southern England in the English Channel

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wight(noun)


  2. Wight(noun)

    a whit; a bit; a jot

  3. Wight(noun)

    a supernatural being

  4. Wight(noun)

    a human being; a person, either male or female; -- now used chiefly in irony or burlesque, or in humorous language

  5. Wight(adj)

    swift; nimble; agile; strong and active

  6. Origin: [OE. wight, wiht, probably of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. vgr in fighting condition, neut. vgh vg war, akin to AS. wg See Vanquish.]


  1. Wight

    Wight is a Middle English word, from Old English wiht, and used to describe a creature or living sentient being. It is akin to Old High German wiht, meaning a creature or thing. In its original usage the word wight described a living human being. More recently, the word has been used within the fantasy genre of literature to describe undead or wraith-like creatures: corpses with a part of their decayed soul still in residence, often draining life from their victims. Notable examples of this include the undead Barrow-wights from the works of J. R. R. Tolkien and the level-draining wights of Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game. The English word is cognate with other Germanic words such as Dutch wicht, German Wicht, Old Norse vættr, Norwegian vette, Swedish vätte, Danish vætte. Modern High German Wicht means 'small person, dwarf,' and also 'unpleasant person,' while in Low German the word means 'girl.' The Wicht, Wichtel or Wichtelchen of Germanic folklore is most commonly translated into English as an imp, a small, shy character who often does helpful domestic chores when nobody is looking. These terms are not related to the English word witch. In Scandinavian folklore, too, wights are elusive creatures not unlike elves, capable of mischief as well as of help. In German and Dutch language the word Bösewicht or Booswicht points out an evildoer, "Bösewichte haben keine Lieder" means they are unpleasant folk.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Wight

    wīt, n. a creature or a person—used chiefly in sport or irony. [A.S. wiht, a creature, prob. from wegan, to move, carry; Ger. wicht. Cf. Whit.]

  2. Wight

    wīt, adj. swift, nimble: courageous, strong.—adv. Wight′ly, swiftly, nimbly. [Ice. vígr, warlike—víg, war (A.S. wíg).]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Wight in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Wight in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Wight in a Sentence

  1. Tommy Potter:

    Isle of Wight County, it is a great place to live, to work, to raise kids, this is a small, tight-knight community. We are an oasis… We don’t have a lot of murders. When something like this happens, especially when it goes unsolved for this long, it does shake the foundation a little bit. People want to know if someone’s trying to take advantage of our quiet way of life here. The field had to have been known by somebody… It kind of reminds people this can happen here. This kind of gruesome crime, it can happen in our backyards.

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