See also: håg, hág, Hag, and Hag.

EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Middle English hagge, hegge 'demon, old woman', shortening of Old English hægtesse, hægtes (harpy, witch), from Proto-Germanic *hagatusjōn (compare Saterland Frisian Häkse (witch), Dutch heks, German Hexe (witch)), compounds of (1) *hagaz 'able, skilled' (compare Old Norse hagr (handy, skillful), Middle High German behac (pleasurable)), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱak- (compare Sanskrit [script?] (śaknóti, he can)[Devanagari?]),[1] and (2) *tusjōn 'witch' (compare dialectal Norwegian tysja (fairy, she-elf)).[2]

NounEdit

hag (plural hags)

  1. A witch, sorceress, or enchantress; a wizard.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Golding
      [Silenus] that old hag.
  2. (pejorative) An ugly old woman.
  3. A fury; a she-monster.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Crashaw to this entry?)
  4. A hagfish; an eel-like marine marsipobranch, Myxine glutinosa, allied to the lamprey, with a suctorial mouth, labial appendages, and a single pair of gill openings.
  5. A hagdon or shearwater.
  6. An appearance of light and fire on a horse's mane or a man's hair.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Blount to this entry?)
  7. The fruit of the hagberry, Prunus padus.
SynonymsEdit
  • (witch or sorceress):
  • (ugly old woman): See also Wikisaurus:ugly person
  • (fury or she-monster):
  • (eel-like marine marsipobranch): borer, hagfish, sleepmarken, slime eel, sucker
  • (hagdon or shearwater):
  • (appearance of light and fire on mane or hair):
  • (fruit of the hagberry):
Derived termsEdit
TranslationsEdit

VerbEdit

hag (third-person singular simple present hags, present participle hagging, simple past and past participle hagged)

  1. (transitive) To harass; to weary with vexation.
    • L'Estrange
      How are superstitious men hagged out of their wits with the fancy of omens.

Etymology 2Edit

Scots hag (to cut); compare English hack.

NounEdit

hag (plural hags)

  1. A small wood, or part of a wood or copse, which is marked off or enclosed for felling, or which has been felled.
    • Fairfax
      This said, he led me over hoults and hags; / Through thorns and bushes scant my legs I drew.
  2. A quagmire; mossy ground where peat or turf has been cut.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Dugdale to this entry?)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 2003, Vladimir Orel, entry “*xaʒaz”, A Handbook of Germanic Etymology, Leiden: Brill, pages 149-50.
  2. ^ 1987, E. C. Polomé, R. Bergmann (editor), "Althochdeutsch hag(a)zussa 'Hexe': Versuch einer neuen Etymologie", Althochdeutsch 2 (Wörter und Namen. Forschungsgeschichte), pages 1107-1112.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

AnagramsEdit


BretonEdit

ConjunctionEdit

hag

  1. and

SynonymsEdit

  • ha - before consonants (or /j/)

CornishEdit

ConjunctionEdit

hag

  1. and (before a vowel)
    Yma hwans dhymm a diwes hag avel.
    I want a drink and an apple.

SynonymsEdit

  • ha - before a consonant.

DanishEdit

VerbEdit

hag

  1. Imperative of hage.
Last modified on 10 April 2014, at 23:25