See also: håg, hág, Hag, and Hag.

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Etymology 1Edit

Middle English hagge, hegge ‎(demon, old woman), shortening of Old English hægtesse, hægtes ‎(harpy, witch), from Proto-Germanic *hagatusjǭ (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 शक्नोति ‎(śaknóti, he can)),[1] and (2) *tusjǭ ‎(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.
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Etymology 2Edit

Scots hag ‎(to cut), from Old Norse hǫgg ‘cut, gap, breach’, derivative of hǫggva ‘to hack, hew’; compare English hew.

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?)

Etymology 3Edit

From Proto-Germanic *hag(g)ōnan (compare obsolete Dutch hagen ‘to torment, agonize’, Norwegian haga ‘to tire, weaken’).[3]

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.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Vladimir Orel, A Handbook of Germanic Etymology, s.v. “*xaʒaz” (Leiden: Brill, 2003), 149-50.
  2. ^ E. C. Polomé, “Althochdeutsch hag(a)zussa ‘Hexe’: Versuch einer neuen Etymologie”, in: R. Bergmann, ed., Althochdeutsch 2 (Wörter und Namen. Forschungsgeschichte) (1987), 1107-12.
  3. ^ Guus Kroonen, Etymological Dictionary of Proto-Germanic, s.v. “*hagla-” (Leiden: Brill, 2013), 199.

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BretonEdit

ConjunctionEdit

hag

  1. and

SynonymsEdit

  • (before consonants or /j/) ha

CornishEdit

ConjunctionEdit

hag

  1. and

SynonymsEdit

  • (before consonants) ha

DanishEdit

VerbEdit

hag

  1. imperative of hage
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