Main definitions of wight in English

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wight1

noun

dialect, archaic
  • 1A person of a specified kind.

    ‘he always was an unlucky wight’
    • ‘On every poor wight have I ever had ruth and give them alms for love of thee.’
    • ‘‘Sweet Sirs!’ quoth the wight, ‘I'm Edgar the Knight, with my Squire so trusty and kind.’’
    person, individual, creature, fellow, man, woman
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    1. 1.1literary A spirit, ghost, or other supernatural being.
      • ‘I am sharing food and drink with gods, goddesses, and wights of the land, other spirits, and my spiritual and religious community.’
      • ‘As well as major offerings to the gods or elves, Heathens like to leave gifts for their domestic hidden folk: the wights who live in their garden and house.’
      • ‘The Demon and the wight were arguing about something, so over the protestations of my comrades, I stole closer that I might hear.’
      • ‘The bell let out an ear-shattering, death-defying ring that sent out ghosts and wights and phantoms and other eerie, unfriendly shadowlings.’
      • ‘At such places ancestors, gods, goddesses, wights and other nature/spirit beings are felt most strongly, and communication with these and ‘non-human persons’ (animals, stones and so on) is said to be particularly effective.’
      ghost, phantom, spectre, apparition, wraith, shadow, presence
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Origin

Old English wiht ‘thing, creature’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch wicht ‘little child’ and German Wicht ‘creature’.

Pronunciation

wight

/wʌɪt/

Main definitions of wight in English

: wight1Wight2

Wight2

proper noun

  • A shipping forecast area covering the English Channel roughly between the Strait of Dover and the meridian of Poole.

Pronunciation

Wight

/wʌɪt/