Definition of warlock in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwôrˌläk/


A man who practices witchcraft; a sorcerer.
Example sentences
  • Every race has magical and non magical people, these could be wizards, witches, warlocks, sorcerers, or sorceresses.
  • Harry Potter (by J.K. Rowling) is fun to read - it's this world of strange creatures, wizards, witches, warlocks, monsters and magic.
  • I've taken to wearing 5-spice beef around my neck and it really helps in warding off witches, as well as warlocks, wizards and basically anyone with an acute sense of smell.
sorcerer, wizard, magus, (black) magician, enchanter
archaic mage


Old English wǣrloga 'traitor, scoundrel, monster', also 'the Devil', from wǣr 'covenant' + an element related to lēogan 'belie, deny.' From its application to the Devil, the word was transferred in Middle English to a person in league with the devil, and hence a sorcerer. It was chiefly Scots until given wider currency by Sir Walter Scott.

  • A warlock is not connected with war or locks, and was not originally anything to do with magic. To the Anglo-Saxons a warlock was ‘an evil person, traitor’, ‘monster, savage’, and ‘the Devil’. The sense ‘sorcerer, wizard’ was originally Scottish, and only became more widely known when it was used by the novelist Sir Walter Scott in the early 19th century. It comes from Old English words meaning ‘agreement, promise’ and ‘deny’. See also witch

Words that rhyme with warlock

forelock, oarlock

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Syllabification: war·lock

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