Definition of witching in English:



  • The practice of witchcraft.

    • ‘my hideous appearance and witching skills’



/ˈwiCHiNG/ /ˈwɪtʃɪŋ/


    the witching hour
    • Midnight (with reference to the belief that witches are active and magic takes place at that time).

      ‘A thousand children were packed into stands on the Castle Esplanade to be entertained by fire-eaters, torch throwers and jugglers as the witching hour - midnight - approached.’
      • ‘Maybe it was just because it was Halloween night, midnight, the witching hour upon us, and I was just projecting.’
      • ‘We may not know the outcome until well past midnight on the East Coast, but sometime in the witching hour, we shall receive the final tally.’
      • ‘Despite their moniker, all Midnight Madness films screen twice, once at the witching hour and once during the day or early evening.’
      • ‘In the baronial study, the girl, her lover, the cop and a few businessmen all wait for the witching hour.’
      • ‘It's just over four hours now until the witching hour.’
      • ‘As the clock-hands sweep into the witching hour, on October 30, a new season of gab and glitter will open at the Varscona Theatre.’
      • ‘A spell was cast over Croydon as hundreds of Harry Potter fans waited for the witching hour to get their hands on the latest instalment of the child wizard's adventures.’
      • ‘If they arrive before the witching hour, women pay only NT $200.’
      • ‘It was the hour between light and dark; the witching hour.’


      With allusion to the witching time of night from Shakespeare's Hamlet (III. ii. 377).