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From Middle English wys (wise) +‎ -ard.



wizard (plural wizards)

  1. A man who uses (or has skill with) magic, mystic items, and magical and mystical practices.
    • Dryden
      The wily wizard must be caught.
  2. One who is especially skilled or unusually talented in a particular field.
    He was a financial wizard, capable of predicting the movements of the stock markets.
  3. (computing) A computer program or script used to simplify complex operations, often for an inexperienced user, an assistant program.
    Use the "Add Network Connection" wizard to connect to a network in a series of simple steps.
  4. (Internet) One of the administrators of a multi-user dungeon.
    • 1997, Philip Agre, Douglas Schuler, Reinventing technology, rediscovering community (page 153)
      Wizards, in general, have a very different experience of mudding than other players. Because of their palpable and extensive extra powers over other players, and because of their special role in MUD society, they are frequently treated differently []
    • 1997, Sara Kiesler, Culture of the Internet (page 132)
      It is certainly easy to believe the stories I hear of MUD wizards who demand deference and severely punish those who transgress []
  5. (obsolete) A wiseman; a sage.
    • Milton
      See how from far upon the eastern road / The star-led wizards [Magi] haste with odours sweet!
  6. (Internet slang) An adult virgin.
    • 2014 September 23, Jon Rafman, quoted by Joe Zadeh, "Musician rebels embrace darknet to explore uncensored internet frontiers", Guardian.
      “I see this image of the basement-dwelling wizard who rejects societal conventions to such an extreme degree as one of the tragic heroes of our times.”


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wizard (not comparable)

  1. (slang, dated, Britain) Fine, superb (originally RAF slang).
    • 1942, Quentin James Reynolds, Only the Stars are Neutral
      "We had a wizard show," the young leader of an Australian squadron said, trying to keep the excitement out of his voice.
    • 1943, Howard Macy Coffin, Walter Leslie River, Malta Story
      But he was a wizard flyer, that boy.


wizard (third-person singular simple present wizards, present participle wizarding, simple past and past participle wizarded)

  1. (intransitive) To practice wizardry.
  2. (transitive) To conjure.