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Princeton's WordNet

  1. enchantress, witchnoun

    a female sorcerer or magician

  2. witchnoun

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

  3. Wiccan, witchnoun

    a believer in Wicca

  4. hag, beldam, beldame, witch, croneverb

    an ugly evil-looking old woman

  5. hex, bewitch, glamour, witch, enchant, jinxverb

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


  1. Witchnoun

    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.


  1. witchnoun

    A man who practises witchcraft.

  2. witchnoun

    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. witchnoun

    An Atlantic flatfish, Glyptocephalus cynoglossus; Torbay sole.

  6. witchverb

    To practise witchcraft

    'It approaches the witching hour'.

  7. witchverb

    To bewitch

  8. witch

    To dowse for water

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. WITCHnoun

    Etymology: wicce , Saxon.

    Wise judges have prescribed, that men may not rashly believe the confessions of witches, nor the evidence against them. For the witches themselves are imaginative; and people are credulous, and ready to impute accidents to witchcraft. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist.

    The night-hag comes to dance
    With Lapland witches, while the lab’ring moon
    Eclipses at their charms. John Milton.

    When I consider whether there are such persons as witches, my mind is divided: I believe in general that there is such a thing as witchcraft, but can give no credit to any particular instance of it. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 117.

    Leave me those hills where harbrough nis to see;
    Nor holy bush, nor briar, nor winding witch. Edmund Spenser.

  2. To Witchverb

    To bewitch; to enchant.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    ’Tis now the very witching time of night,
    When churchyards yawn. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    Me ill befits, that in der-doing arms,
    And honour’s suit my vowed days do spend,
    Unto thy bounteous baits, and pleasing charms,
    With which weak men thou witchest to attend. Edmund Spenser.

    I’ll witch sweet ladies with my words and looks. William Shakespeare.

    Sit and witch me? William Shakespeare, Hen. VI.


  1. Witch

    "The Witch is a song by the American garage rock band The Sonics, written by vocalist Gerry Roslie, and first released as the group's debut single in November 1964 (see 1964 in music). It also appears on the Sonics' debut album Here Are the Sonics!!!. Arguably among the most frantic and heaviest recordings of the era, "The Witch" is regarded as being a quintessential stepping stone in the development of punk rock despite the fact the tune never reached national success. Since the song's original release, "The Witch" has appeared on numerous compilation albums, most notably the 1998 reissue of Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965–1968.


  1. witch

    A witch is commonly defined as a person, traditionally a woman, who practices witchcraft or magic. This practice is often associated with the belief in and connection with supernatural elements, spirits, or deities. Witches have historically been portrayed in various ways, ranging from the evil and harmful stereotype to that of healers and wise women or men. In some cultures, witches may play important roles in their communities as spiritual leaders or healers. However, the perception and depiction of witches can vary significantly across different societies and eras.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Witchnoun

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

  2. Witchnoun

    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. Witchnoun

    an ugly old woman; a hag

  4. Witchnoun

    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. Witchnoun

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

  6. Witchnoun

    the stormy petrel

  7. Witchverb

    to bewitch; to fascinate; to enchant

  8. Etymology: [OE. wicche, AS. wicce, fem., wicca, masc.; perhaps the same word as AS. wtiga, wtga, a soothsayer (cf. Wiseacre); cf. Fries. wikke, a witch, LG. wikken to predict, Icel. vitki a wizard, vitka to bewitch.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Witch

    wich, n. a woman regarded as having supernatural or magical power and knowledge through compact with the devil or some minor evil spirit: a hag, crone: (coll.) a fascinating young girl: (Shak.) a wizard.—v.t. to bewitch, to effect by means of witchcraft.—ns. Witch′craft, the craft or practice of witches: the black art, sorcery: supernatural power; Witch′-doc′tor, a medicine-man; Witch′ery, witchcraft: fascination; Witch′es'-broom, a popular name for the broom-like tufts of branches developed on the silver-fir, birch, cherry, &c. by means of an uredineous fungus; Witch′es'-but′ter, a dark-brown fungus (see Nostoc); Witch′es'-thim′ble, the sea-campion; Witch′-find′er, one whose business was to detect witches.—adj. Witch′ing, weird: fascinating.—adv. Witch′ingly.—ns. Witch′-knot, a knot, esp. in the hair, tied by means of witchcraft; Witch′-meal, the inflammable pollen of the club-moss.—adj. Witch′-ridd′en, ridden by witches.—n. Witch′-wife, a woman who practises witchcraft. [M. E. wicche (both masc. and fem.)—A.S. wicca (masc.), wicce (fem.), wizard, witch; prob. reduced from wítega, wítiga, witga, a seer (Old High Ger. wīzago)—a supposed adj. wítig, seeing—wítan, to see, allied to witan, to know. For the change, cf. Orchard—A.S. ortgeard. Cf. Wit and Wicked.]

  2. Witch

    Witch-elm, wich, wich′-elm, n. the common wild elm—also Witch′-hā′zel.—n. Witch′en, the mountain-ash or rowan. [A.S. wice, the service-tree—wícan, to bend.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of witch in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of witch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of witch in a Sentence

  1. President Trump:

    The Bidens got rich -- and that is substantiated -- while America got robbed, sleepy Joe and his friends sold out America. ... And in a brand new report, just came out as Im walking on the stage, it turns out that when Joe Biden was vice president -- he worked with the so-called whistleblower. This is nothing more than a partisan witch hunt, sabotage, and Im sure theyre going to say, totally unsubstantiated.

  2. The LCDC itself:

    I'm saying that they deserve an investigation, and that this shouldn't be a witch hunt. You don't know what the facts are. No one does, none of you know what the facts are.

  3. Donald Trump:

    I've been saying that for a long time. It's a witch hunt.

  4. Donald Trump:

    I call it the rigged witch hunt, [ it ] is a sham. And these people led it ! so I think it's something that had to be done.

  5. The President:

    Bob Mueller are screaming and shouting at people, horribly threatening Bob Mueller to come up with the answers Bob Mueller want, these are Angry People, including the highly conflicted Bob Mueller, who worked for Obama for 8 years. They won't even look at all of the bad acts and crimes on the other side. A TOTAL WITCH HUNT LIKE NO OTHER IN AMERICAN HISTORY !

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