Definition of water witch in US English:

water witch

(also water witcher)


  • A person who searches for underground water by using a dowsing rod.

    • ‘Before my grandfather started building his home, he hired a water witch to locate the place for their well.’
    • ‘According to the U.S. Geological Survey, not one scientifically conducted experiment using water witches to locate sites for the location of wells has ever yielded reproducible support for water witches’ claims.’
    • ‘He hired a water witch when he wanted to drill a well.’
    • ‘Ask them about water witches, or diviners, and find out if they have heard about them.’
    • ‘On one side of the family, nearly everybody followed a certain occupation but many people remembered by name are recalled as being known for some additional calling: water-witcher, horse-trader, fiddler.’
    • ‘As to traits, they were water-witchers, which I guess wasn't Native-American but more of a thing hill country people did?’
    • ‘Although most water witches charge around $100, the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Water Well Association advise against employing a water witch to search for ground water.’
    • ‘There are water-witchers out divining and they're closing in on you.’
    • ‘Meet artists, musicians, dancers, craftspeople, smokejumpers, packers, border guards, water-witchers and yodelers from both sides of the US-Canadian border at the 2007 Folklife Festival.’
    • ‘Also known as dowsers, most water witches say they are born with a capacity to locate underground water by channeling its energy, or electromagnetism, or something loopy and twitchy of the kind that has yet to be named by science, through a pair of metal rods, a forked twig, a coat hanger, a pendulum or, in rare cases, acutely alert fingers.’