Witch etymology


English word witch comes from Proto-Germanic *wikkōną (To practice sorcery.), Old English (ca. 450-1100) ƿicce

Etymology of witch

Detailed word origin of witch

Dictionary entry Language Definition
*wikkōną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To practice sorcery.
ƿicce Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
*wikkô Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) A (male) witch; warlock; magician; sorcerer; wizard; spellcaster.
wicca Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) Wizard, sorcerer, magician, druid, necromancer.
wicche Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
witch English (en) (derogatory) An ugly or unpleasant woman.. (geometry) A certain curve of the third order, described by Maria Agnesi under the name versiera.. (now usually particularly) A woman who is learned in and actively practices witchcraft.. A person who practices witchcraft; a woman or (archaic, outside, dialects, and, Wicca) man who practices witchcraft.. Any of a number of flatfish:. Arnoglossus [...]

Words with the same origin as witch

Descendants of *wikkōną

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