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hag1

Syllabification: hag
Pronunciation: /haɡ
 
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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
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
crone, old woman, gorgon
informal witch, crow, cow, old bag
2 short for hagfish.
Example sentences
  • 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.

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  • This word used disparagingly (old hag) is literally ‘an evil spirit in female form, a witch’: it derives perhaps from Old English hægtesse, hegtes, related to Dutch heks and German Hexe ‘witch’, source of hex (early 19th century).

Derivatives

haggish

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • Yeah, Debbie, Marla was a real blonde - unlike your haggish self.
  • Their father's mother worked a factory job leaving the two sisters with their haggish great-grandmother.
  • The haggish woman stepped forward, ‘we must move quickly.’

Words that rhyme with hag

bag, blag, brag, Bragg, crag, dag, drag, fag, flag, gag, jag, lag, mag, nag, quag, rag, sag, scrag, shag, slag, snag, sprag, stag, swag, tag, wag, zag

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There are 2 main definitions of hag in English:

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hag2

Syllabification: hag
Pronunciation: /haɡ
 
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noun

Scottish & Northern English
1 (also peat hag) An overhang of peat.
Example sentences
  • 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'.

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  • This word used disparagingly (old hag) is literally ‘an evil spirit in female form, a witch’: it derives perhaps from Old English hægtesse, hegtes, related to Dutch heks and German Hexe ‘witch’, source of hex (early 19th century).

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