Main meanings of hag in English

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hag1

Pronunciation /haɡ/

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noun

  • 1A witch.

    ‘This is a place where witches aren't green hags, flying broomsticks, and scaring children away.’
    • ‘I mean, doesn't everyone think Witches are mythical old hags who ride broomsticks and turn princes into frogs?’
    • ‘We are little-known and therefore little-understood, and this is exacerbated by Pagans who insist on aligning us with mythical broomstick-flying wart-sporting hags.’
    • ‘He was getting impatient and though she'd done almost everything to have every man despise her, she knew there were certain others who wouldn't care if she were a hag or a witch just to get her inheritance.’
    • ‘You can see wicked witches, grinning goblins, and hallucinating hags!’
    crone, old woman, witch, gorgon
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    1. 1.1An ugly old woman.
      ‘a fat old hag in a dirty apron’
      • ‘And they look nothing like this now, the jaded old hags.’
      • ‘At first, I found it harder to ignore the pleas originating from young children, women, and old hags.’
      • ‘I had the vaguely presentable air crew, they had the old hags nearing retirement.’
      • ‘A few old hags, had even used it as a necklace to accessorize with.’
      • ‘After all the old hags we met before, this one actually has teeth.’
      • ‘Maidens and old hags alike swooned in his presence.’
      • ‘They were friends, but also colleagues, and the last thing she wanted was to get all the old hags in the school talking.’
      • ‘I settled for Church and watched as these old hags praised Jesus like there was no tomorrow.’
      • ‘Suddenly the doorman announces that an old crone, a hag palmist is at the door, demanding to tell the fortunes of the young and single women in the room.’
      • ‘She had quickly adapted to the smoky atmosphere, but still was uncomfortable around the schizophrenic old woman; sometimes, she was the mad hag that she and Chrissey had met originally.’
      crone, old woman, witch, gorgon
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  • 2

    short for hagfish

    • ‘As a first step toward an understanding of the molecular basis for the divergence of pigment patterns and speciation in cichlids, we cloned and characterized a cichlid homolog of the zebrafish hag gene.’

Origin

Middle English perhaps from Old English hægtesse, hegtes, related to Dutch heks and German Hexe ‘witch’, of unknown ultimate origin.

Main meanings of hag in English

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hag2

Pronunciation /haɡ/

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noun

Scottish, Northern English
  • 1

    (also peat hag)
    An overhang of peat.

    ‘But so were the boulders and lumps of peat hag which pocked the scene.’
    • ‘This broad mass of peat hags and bog pools rises to over 680-metres at the head of Littondale.’
  • 2A soft place on a moor or a firm place in a bog.

Origin

Middle English (denoting a gap in a cliff): from Old Norse hǫgg ‘gap’, from hǫggva ‘hack, hew’.