Basic+ Word of the Day: witch

witch (noun) LISTEN

A witch is a person who practices magic, especially black magic.

  • The witches met in the old barn every full moon.
  • The children dressed up as witches for Halloween.

Witch is also used to talk about an ugly or nasty woman, but it can be very offensive!

  • Ed's ex-wife is a real witch!
  • When Frieda looked in the mirror one morning, she thought she saw a witch.

Did you know?

In the late 17th century in Salem, Massachusetts, over 200 people were accused of practicing witchcraft and 19 were hanged during the Salem Witch Trials. Read more about it here.

Related words

witchcraft: magic, usually evil, practiced by witches. Example: “The old woman used witchcraft to curse the prince.”

In pop culture

Hocus Pocus is a movie about three 17th century witches from Salem who come back home in the 20th century. Watch the trailer for this spooky comedy.

There are other meanings of witch.
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