There are 2 definitions of hag in English:

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noun

  • 1A witch.
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    • This is a place where witches aren't green hags, flying broomsticks, and scaring children away.
    • I mean, doesn't everyone think Witches are mythical old hags who ride broomsticks and turn princes into frogs?
    • We are little-known and therefore little-understood, and this is exacerbated by Pagans who insist on aligning us with mythical broomstick-flying wart-sporting hags.
  • 1.1An ugly old woman: a fat old hag in a dirty apron
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    • And they look nothing like this now, the jaded old hags.
    • At first, I found it harder to ignore the pleas originating from young children, women, and old hags.
    • I had the vaguely presentable air crew, they had the old hags nearing retirement.
  • 2 short for hagfish.
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    • 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.

Derivatives

haggish

adjective
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  • 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.’

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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There are 2 definitions of hag in English:

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noun

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