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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 old hag, who was the most frightful of them all, went first to taste the porridge.
The toothless old hag grinned her appreciation of this suggestion, and as the plan still better suited the chief's scheme, in that it would permit him to surround Tarzan with a gang of picked assassins, he readily assented, so that presently Tarzan had been installed in a hut close to the village gate.
At length he came upon it, and, after repeated pounding with the pommel of his sword, it was opened by a slatternly old hag.
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.
Says I, on second thoughts,"I guess I won't kick you, old fellow." "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. seeing he wasn't going to stop saying over his "wise Stubb, wise Stubb," I thought I might as well fall to kicking the pyramid again.
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.
What can life be to such a hag as thou, who hast no shape, nor form, nor hair, nor teeth--hast naught, save wickedness and evil eyes?
The man in the mantle obeyed without a word in reply, the door closed upon him; he heard Phoebus bolt it, and a moment later descend the stairs again with the aged hag. The light had disappeared.
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.
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.
Looking over them was a wrinkled, scraggy hag. It was Strickland's version of the Holy Family.
Now when this message was delivered to the Queen it filled her with dismay, for Mombi was her chief counsellor, and Jinjur was terribly afraid of the old hag. But she sent for Mombi, and told her what Glinda had said.