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Meaning of WITCH

Pronunciation:  wich

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a being (usually female) imagined to have special powers derived from the devil
  2. [n]  a female sorcerer or magician
  3. [n]  an ugly evil-looking old woman
  4. [v]  cast a spell over someone or something; put a hex on someone or something

WITCH is a 5 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: beldam, beldame, bewitch, crone, enchant, enchantress, glamour, hag, hex, jinx
 See Also: becharm, charm, coven, imaginary being, imaginary creature, occultist, old woman, pythoness, spell, voodoo, warlock



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Witch\, n. [Cf. {Wick} of a lamp.]
    A cone of paper which is placed in a vessel of lard or other
    fat, and used as a taper. [Prov. Eng.]
  2. \Witch\, n. [OE. wicche, AS. wicce, fem., wicca, masc.;
    perhaps the same word as AS. w[=i]tiga, w[=i]tga, a
    soothsayer (cf. {Wiseacre}); cf. Fries. wikke, a witch, LG.
    wikken to predict, Icel. vitki a wizard, vitka to bewitch.]
    1. 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.
             There was a man in that city whose name was Simon, a
             witch.                                --Wyclif (Acts
                                                   viii. 9).
             He can not abide the old woman of Brentford; he
             swears she's a witch.                 --Shak.
    2. An ugly old woman; a hag. --Shak.
    3. 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.
    4. (Geom.) A certain curve of the third order, described by
       Maria Agnesi under the name versiera.
    5. (Zo["o]l.) The stormy petrel.
    {Witch balls}, a name applied to the interwoven rolling
       masses of the stems of herbs, which are driven by the
       winds over the steppes of Tartary. Cf. {Tumbleweed}.
       --Maunder (Treas. of Bot.)
    {Witches' besoms} (Bot.), tufted and distorted branches of
       the silver fir, caused by the attack of some fungus.
       --Maunder (Treas. of Bot.)
    {Witches' butter} (Bot.), a name of several gelatinous
       cryptogamous plants, as {Nostoc commune}, and {Exidia
       glandulosa}. See {Nostoc}.
    {Witch grass} (Bot.), a kind of grass ({Panicum capillare})
       with minute spikelets on long, slender pedicels forming a
       light, open panicle.
    {Witch meal} (Bot.), vegetable sulphur. See under
  3. \Witch\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Witched}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Witching}.] [AS. wiccian.]
    To bewitch; to fascinate; to enchant.
          [I 'll] witch sweet ladies with my words and looks.
          Whether within us or without The spell of this illusion
          be That witches us to hear and see.      --Lowell.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a witch in your dream, represents evil, destructive, and dangerous feminine forces. It may point to your negative ideas of the feminine and your experiences with heartless women. Alternatively, a witch is symbolic of goodness, power and enchantment.
Easton Bible Dictionary

Occurs only in Ex. 22:18, as the rendering of _mekhashshepheh_, the feminine form of the word, meaning "enchantress" (R.V., "sorceress"), and in Deut. 18:10, as the rendering of _mekhashshepheth_, the masculine form of the word, meaning "enchanter."