Main definitions of hex in English

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hex1

verb

[WITH OBJECT]North American
  • Cast a spell on; bewitch.

    ‘he hexed her with his fingers’
    • ‘Firstly, what makes you think that she has been hexed, rather than just having a round of really bad luck?’
    • ‘And for those who have not walked the craft path, just a reminder: we do not worship or believe in the DEVIL and we do not go around hexing people - unless they severely deserve it.’
    • ‘In those circumstances, the Dane must have felt his team were hexed when Nicolas Fabiano pulled up with a groin problem.’
    • ‘Good God, had someone hexed the girl or something?’
    • ‘NICOLE KIDMAN fears she hexed her marriage to TOM CRUISE by marrying in a wedding dress she bought before she knew him.’
    • ‘In 1997, I met Priestess Miriam, a voodoo princess who taught me how to hex folks: Write the evildoer's name nine times and insert the paper into the mouth of a snake.’
    • ‘If anyone is offended they are welcome to hex me.’
    • ‘His daily rituals were such that a scoreboard operator in Toronto tried to hex him one time by flipping the stadium clock directly from 7: 16 to 7: 18.’
    • ‘Remember the time when he tried to hex Ron and Professor McGonagall had to send him to see the headmaster?’
    • ‘That didn't stop the deal, but Rogel, 61, could be forgiven for thinking he has been hexed.’
    • ‘This happened in real life in Tulsa, Okla., where administrators at Union Intermediate High School accuse Brandi, 15, of hexing a teacher.’
    • ‘I'm not sure I should mention it now for fear of hexing it last minute, but we finally move into our office on Tuesday.’
    • ‘Rodrigo is one of the few players unfit at a club that in recent seasons appeared hexed by injury crises.’
    • ‘We have to worry about people thinking we will curse them or even hex them.’
    • ‘John, a decent but superstitious man, offers lodging, but hides the coins, believing them to be hexed.’
    • ‘You'd better watch out, it looks like that mean one's going to hex you soon.’
    • ‘All right, first of all, I've been reading your columns and you're strangely optimistic this year and that in and of itself can hex the Red Sox as we know.’
    • ‘Right now I'm wondering if any copies exist that aren't somehow hexed.’
    • ‘They thought she had the evil eye, they thought she was hexing their cows.’
    cast a spell on, put a spell on, enchant
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noun

North American
  • 1A magic spell; a curse.

    ‘a death hex’
    • ‘He allegedly paid a witch doctor $150,000 in 2000 to put a hex on several Hollywood figures.’
    • ‘Similarly, it is easier to introduce a hex, curse, cold, whatever, than it is to heal it, stop it, etc.’
    • ‘Brandi is a 15-year old Oklahoma high school student who was accused - by two adults - of being a witch, and casting spells / hexes that resulted in a teacher's illness.’
    • ‘A story in this regard involves the alleged hex of a New Orleans businessman, J. B. Langrast, in the 1850s.’
    • ‘Pete claims they can put a curse on you similar to the curses or hexes described by voodoo, witchcraft, or a good mummy story.’
    • ‘I've always been interested in curses, hexes, and the like, and would be excited to discover that I have this capability, though of course it would also amount to a considerable responsibility.’
    • ‘I just hope my talisman protects me from any hex you may cast upon my unwilling head.’
    • ‘They throw curses and hexes around without a second thought.’
    • ‘In his professions, he claimed the Blair Witch had placed a hex on him, forcing him to commit the murders.’
    • ‘He began his quest for revenge by forking over $150,000 to a witch doctor named Baba, who put a hex on the Hollywood bigs three years ago in Switzerland.’
    • ‘In the latter game, the Dodgers finally ended a World series hex the Yankees held over them after losing to them in 1941, 1947, 1949, 1952 and 1953.’
    • ‘After an awkward introduction to the world of spell casting, Sabrina starts to get the hang of hexes and curses.’
    • ‘There's something about winning the Venice Golden Lion that seems to put a hex on film-makers.’
    • ‘Riefenstahl has endured all manner of hexes and accidents - most recently a helicopter crash two years ago in Sudan - yet she keeps working and playing.’
    • ‘So when someone has a voodoo hex put on him, everyone knows he's a goner, and they withhold food from him - why waste a limited resource?’
    • ‘He said some symptoms of hexes included prolonged insomnia, frequent nightmares and suddenly waking up, anxiety, sweating during the day and night, and frightening hallucinations.’
    curse, oath, imprecation, execration
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    1. 1.1 A witch.
      witch, sorceress, magician, fairy, fairy godmother
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Origin

Mid 19th century (as a verb): from Pennsylvanian German hexe (verb), Hex (noun), from German hexen (verb), Hexe (noun).

Pronunciation

hex

/heks//hɛks/

Main definitions of hex in English

: hex1hex2

hex2

noun & adjective

  • 1

    short for hexadecimal
    • ‘To accomplish this, just substitute 0xc0a8090a in the filter code with the IP address of your choice in hex notation.’
    • ‘While providing a full set of features for editing raw hex bytes, FlexHEX also supports editing binary data as typed values in a number of formats.’
    • ‘After that, write down the hex codes for your colors.’
    • ‘The next three bytes store the hex value 000001, which denotes a first-generation CPPM system, and are followed by a series of encrypted 8-byte Key Data values.’
    • ‘Then behind the scenes, the colours in the photo are completely averaged out, creating a representation of your colour that can be given a hex value.’
  • 2

    short for hexagonal

Pronunciation

hex

/heks//hɛks/