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hag 1

1. Offensive An old woman considered to be ugly or frightening.
a. A witch; a sorceress.
b. Obsolete A female demon.
3. A hagfish.

[Middle English hagge, perhaps short for Old English hægtesse, witch.]

hag′gish adj.
hag′gish·ly adv.
hag′gish·ness n.

hag 2

n. Chiefly British
1. A boggy area; a quagmire.
2. A spot in boggy land that is softer or more solid than the surrounding area.
3. A cutting in a peat bog.

[Middle English, gap, chasm, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse högg; see kau- in Indo-European roots.]


1. an unpleasant or ugly old woman
2. a witch
3. (Animals) short for hagfish
4. obsolete a female demon
[Old English hægtesse witch; related to Old High German hagazussa, Middle Dutch haghetisse]
ˈhaggish adj
ˈhaggishly adv
ˈhaggishness n
ˈhagˌlike adj


(hæɡ; hɑːɡ) or


1. (Physical Geography) a firm spot in a bog
2. (Physical Geography) a soft place in a moor
[C13: of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse högg gap; see hew]



1. an ugly or slatternly old woman.
2. a witch or sorceress.
[1175–1225; Middle English hagge, Old English *hægge, akin to Old High German hagazissa witch]
hag′gish, adj.


(hæg, hɑg)

n. Scot.
1. a bog.
2. a firm spot in a bog.
[1250–1300; Middle English: chasm < Old Norse hǫgg a cut, ravine]




- First meant "witch."
See also related terms for witch.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hag - an ugly evil-looking old womanhag - an ugly evil-looking old woman  
old woman - a woman who is old
2.hag - eellike cyclostome having a tongue with horny teeth in a round mouth surrounded by eight tentacleshag - eellike cyclostome having a tongue with horny teeth in a round mouth surrounded by eight tentacles; feeds on dead or trapped fishes by boring into their bodies
agnathan, jawless fish, jawless vertebrate - eel-shaped vertebrate without jaws or paired appendages including the cyclostomes and some extinct forms
family Myxinidae, Myxinidae - slime-producing marine animals: hagfishes
Myxine glutinosa - typical hagfish
eptatretus - a fossil hagfish of the genus Eptatretus
Myxinikela siroka - fossil hagfish of the Pennsylvanian period (c. 300 million years ago) that resembled modern hagfishes


noun witch, virago, shrew, vixen, crone, fury, harridan, beldam (archaic), termagant I hope the old hag hasn't come back yet.


1. An ugly, frightening old woman:
Slang: biddy.
Archaic: trot.
2. A woman who practices magic:
عَجوز شَمْطاء
vén boszorkány
skass; norn
sena raganažiežula
cadolozçirkin yaşlı kadın


[hæg] N (= ugly old woman) → vieja f fea, bruja f; (= witch) → bruja f


[ˈhæg] n
(= ugly woman) → vieille sorcière f (= nasty woman) → chameau m, harpie f
(= witch) → sorcière f


nHexe f


[hæg] n (ugly) → befana; (nasty) → megera; (witch) → strega


(hӕg) noun
an ugly old woman.
References in classic literature ?
The squalid and withered person of this hag might well have obtained for her the character of possessing more than human cunning.
Wise Stubb," said he,"wise Stubb;" and kept muttering it all the time, a sort of eating of his own gums like a chimney hag.
About midnight I awoke, and saw that hag making curious passes in the air about The Boss's head and face, and wondered what it meant.
She stood there, by that beech-trunk--a hag like one of those who appeared to Macbeth on the heath of Forres.
I'm not wandering: you're mistaken, or else I should believe you really WERE that withered hag, and I should think I WAS under Penistone Crags; and I'm conscious it's night, and there are two candles on the table making the black press shine like jet.
The hag raised her head as Rebecca entered, and scowled at the fair Jewess with the malignant envy with which old age and ugliness, when united with evil conditions, are apt to look upon youth and beauty.
His one thought was how to be revenged on that wicked old hag, and for this purpose he had a purse made large enough to contain five hundred gold pieces, but filled it instead with bits of glass.
The Prince offered to become her servant, and the old hag told him she was badly in want of one, and he seemed to be just the person to suit her.
There was, for example, the old black hag who looked after her, Mabunu-- toothless, filthy and ill tempered.
Again the withered hag poured forth the monotonous words of a prayer that was not meant to be acceptable in heaven; and soon, in the pauses of her breath, strange murmurings began to thicken, gradually increasing so as to drown and overpower the charm by which they grew.
D'Artagnan placed each of the twenty thousand francs in a bag, and weighing a hag in each hand, -- "This money is very embarrassing, my dear Planchet," said he.
In a moment all doubts were at rest, for the old hag had rushed in and touched Umbopa, alias Ignosi, on the shoulder.