Definition of wizard in English:

wizard

Syllabification: wiz·ard
Pronunciation: /ˈwizərd
 
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noun

  • 1A man who has magical powers, especially in legends and fairy tales.
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    • To do that he requires a rod of dragon control, and hopes to get his hands on the one the Empress uses to control gold dragons, offsetting the magical power of the wizards.
    • Many casters such as wizards, necromancers or enchanters were best paired with a cleric because after casting, a cleric could mend the internal wounds.
    • There were four ranks a person could be - witch or wizard, mage, enchanter or enchantress, and sorcerer or sorceress.
    Synonyms
    sorcerer, warlock, magus, (black) magician, necromancer, enchanter
    archaic mage
  • 1.1A person who is very skilled in a particular field or activity: a financial wizard
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    • A Wall Street operator who was already in his fifties when he moved to London, Schechter is a prodigious talker, a showman and a financial wizard with a gift for innovation.
    • They include hoteliers, brewery giants, food specialists, financial wizards, recycling experts and transport logicists.
    • The centre-half forward, as much a wizard with an accordion as a caman, thundered the ball away from MacNiven and it sailed into the net.
    Synonyms
    genius, expert, master, virtuoso, maestro, marvel, Wunderkind, guru
    informal hotshot, demon, whiz kid, buff, pro, ace
    maven
  • 2 Computing A help feature of a software package that automates complex tasks by asking the user a series of easy-to-answer questions.
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    • A web site can have novice users, and a wizard makes complex tasks seem easy.
    • A software wizard takes users through the activation process.
    • These capabilities should be easy to configure and manage through graphical user interfaces and wizards.

adjective

informal dated , chiefly British Back to top  
  • Wonderful; excellent.
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    • If elected, I will appoint Buni as my Shadow Education Secretary, on the strength of this wizard idea of his in Peter's comments box.
    • Bloomsbury shares would be a wizard idea for a present.
    • A wizard idea that Steven's ambitious deputy may find hard.

Derivatives

wizardly

adjective
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  • President Johnson promised a War on Poverty, driven by a wizardly new Keynesian confidence that an economy of unprecedented abundance could deliver more groceries to everyone.
  • Call yourself a graphic designer and you're identified as an artsy computer geek being hired to spice up a document with your wizardly technical skill.
  • Who can begrudge the rewards for three epic movies that were seven years in the making, and combined Tolkien's wizardly storytelling with the cutting edge of new technology?

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'philosopher, sage'): from wise1 + -ard.

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