Definition of the witching hour in English:

the witching hour


  • Midnight (with reference to the belief that witches are active and magic takes place at that time).

    • ‘Maybe it was just because it was Halloween night, midnight, the witching hour upon us, and I was just projecting.’
    • ‘It's just over four hours now until the witching hour.’
    • ‘As the clock-hands sweep into the witching hour, on October 30, a new season of gab and glitter will open at the Varscona Theatre.’
    • ‘A thousand children were packed into stands on the Castle Esplanade to be entertained by fire-eaters, torch throwers and jugglers as the witching hour - midnight - approached.’
    • ‘If they arrive before the witching hour, women pay only NT $200.’
    • ‘Despite their moniker, all Midnight Madness films screen twice, once at the witching hour and once during the day or early evening.’
    • ‘We may not know the outcome until well past midnight on the East Coast, but sometime in the witching hour, we shall receive the final tally.’
    • ‘A spell was cast over Croydon as hundreds of Harry Potter fans waited for the witching hour to get their hands on the latest instalment of the child wizard's adventures.’
    • ‘In the baronial study, the girl, her lover, the cop and a few businessmen all wait for the witching hour.’
    • ‘It was the hour between light and dark; the witching hour.’