Definition of witch noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//wɪtʃ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//wɪtʃ//
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  1. 1 a woman who is believed to have magic powers, especially to do evil things. In stories, she usually wears a black pointed hat and flies on a broomstick. Culture Witches are often shown in pictures and described in old stories as ugly old women with black clothes and pointed hats, who are able to fly on broomsticks (= old-fashioned brushes with long handles, used for cleaning floors). In the past, women who were considered to be witches were burnt alive or hanged. In the late 20th century many young people began to call themselves witches as part of the New Age interest in ancient beliefs and cultures
  2. 2(disapproving) an ugly unpleasant old woman
  3. Word OriginOld English wicca (masculine), wicce (feminine), wiccian (verb).Extra examples He was turned into a rat by a wicked witch. Many people believed her to be a witch. She sat astride the broomstick, just like a witch in a fairy tale.Idioms
    a witch’s/an evil brew
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    (British English, informal) an unpleasant drink that is a mixture of different things
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