Main definitions of hag in English

: hag1hag2

hag1

Pronunciation /haɡ/ /hæɡ/

noun

  • 1A witch, especially one in the form of an ugly old woman (often used as a term of disparagement for a woman)

    ‘a fat old hag in a dirty apron’
    • ‘I must admit, I was expecting an ugly old hag with a diseased or pale face… so what I saw startled me.’
    • ‘An old hag of a witch was approaching, her walk was staggered and she had enough warts on her nose so that you didn't know there was even a nose there.’
    • ‘Accompanying them was an old hag with a witches hat and long stringy green, white and gold hair.’
    • ‘She finally lost her temper and turned into this thin old hag wearing a black dress.’
    • ‘I am a magician, not some raggedy old hag who lives for dark magic!’
    • ‘I refuse to just lie around and do nothing like a decrepit old hag!’
    • ‘That old hag will haunt me for the rest of my existence.’
    • ‘One being that he fell in love with a mere human who so happened to be a maid for that old hag.’
    • ‘As children we are told stories about the ugly old Witch hag that would bake children into gingerbread.’
    • ‘Resonant of medieval folk tales, it conjures up the image of a wizened old hag casting spells on innocent children lost in a tangle of forests.’
    • ‘You know, there's those stereotypes of the evil old hag and this and that.’
    • ‘One of the stories featured a mad old hag who lived in a cave in the North of England several hundred years ago.’
    • ‘Today, the typical witch is generally portrayed as an old hag in a black robe, wearing a pointed black cap and flying on a broomstick across a full moon.’
    • ‘His second ordeal is to be turned into an old hag, disguised in the clothes of an old aunt reputed to be a witch in order to escape from Mr F again.’
    • ‘While some sleep-loss victims state that the Old Hag actually appeared to them as a demon-faced woman with long gray hair other descriptions of the same experience vary.’
    • ‘The old hag turned my sister into a flea!’
    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.’
    short for hagfish

Origin

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

Pronunciation

hag

/haɡ/ /hæɡ/

Main definitions of hag in English

: hag1hag2

hag2

Pronunciation /haɡ/ /hæɡ/

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’.

Pronunciation

hag

/haɡ/ /hæɡ/