Definition of wizard in English:



  • 1(in legends and fairy tales) a man who has magical powers.

    • ‘He's certainly going to have to be a magical wizard to put United back in the black again.’
    • ‘Belloc then unwrapped the bundle, and Anest saw that it contained three staves of rare black oak taken from the Black Forest, a place of legend known only to wizards and the faerie creatures.’
    • ‘He had only seen this on those fantasy movies about wizards and magical creatures.’
    • ‘The power that wizards commanded was the stuff of legends.’
    • ‘We want there to be Gandalfs and Elronds and Galadriels in the world, wise old wizards and sages and sorcerers who are looking out for the rest of us.’
    • ‘The people of Audrill were also magical but they could not combat the power of a wizard.’
    • ‘The wizard's power was strong beneath the youthful appearance.’
    • ‘Raised by his mean aunt and uncle, he learns on his 11 th birthday that he is a wizard of uncommon powers.’
    • ‘A portal gate is a form of transportation used by those who possess magical abilities such as wizards or magicians.’
    • ‘For the first time, J.K. Rowling's novel proceeds in a manner that assumes that the reader is more or less familiar with her magical world of wizards and witchcraft.’
    • ‘The eyes of the two men were held on the still hovering crystals as they once again began to pulsate with a mysterious power beyond the wizards' imaginations.’
    • ‘Many casters such as wizards, necromancers or enchanters were best paired with a cleric because after casting, a cleric could mend the internal wounds.’
    • ‘The wizards' magical attacks were slowly building to a level that would be fatal to Solomon.’
    • ‘Then we come along, power hungry wizards looking for the secret to immortality, and we bag you.’
    • ‘To do that he requires a rod of dragon control, and hopes to get his hands on the one the Empress uses to control gold dragons, offsetting the magical power of the wizards.’
    • ‘Every race has magical and non magical people, these could be wizards, witches, warlocks, sorcerers, or sorceresses.’
    • ‘All the higher wizards, mages and sorcerers were wiped out.’
    • ‘The five enemy wizards felt the magical energy in the air, and knew that they were about to confront a great power.’
    • ‘While reference is made to their role as teachers they most often appear as wizards, with the power to influence the elements and to predict the future.’
    • ‘There were four ranks a person could be - witch or wizard, mage, enchanter or enchantress, and sorcerer or sorceress.’
    sorcerer, warlock, male witch, magus, magician, black magician, necromancer, occultist, enchanter
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    1. 1.1 A person who is very skilled in a particular field or activity.
      ‘a financial wizard’
      • ‘Another of my friends, Patrick, was a wizard with his daggers.’
      • ‘You might even end up being just like Compton - a tall well-built hero with matinee-idol looks and a wizard with the willow.’
      • ‘Our house's previous owner was a wizard with perennials and it was a thrill our first spring there to watch the yard be transformed by unexpected blossoms.’
      • ‘The first is that economists and financial wizards got it wrong.’
      • ‘He's a wizard with a wrench though, and he always helps me out with repairs.’
      • ‘It was launched by an engineering wizard with a fascination for radio.’
      • ‘He also found Norman Heatley, a laboratory wizard with great dexterity in micromethods.’
      • ‘He was a wizard with the ball and he could shoot also.’
      • ‘Unlike my aged grandmothers, Casella is a wizard with beans, which he grows with tender care on an organic plot upstate.’
      • ‘He developed special radio frequency probes and was a wizard with an acupuncture needle.’
      • ‘The Dow continues to head south, with Alan Greenspan, the one-time wizard with the Midas touch, experiencing a torrid time.’
      • ‘The centre-half forward, as much a wizard with an accordion as a caman, thundered the ball away from MacNiven and it sailed into the net.’
      • ‘Neil Hann, our production editor, is a computer wizard with the patience of Job.’
      • ‘The financial managers and economic wizards are happy that Pakistan has achieved a level of macro-economic stabilization, which is spectacular and unprecedented.’
      • ‘They include hoteliers, brewery giants, food specialists, financial wizards, recycling experts and transport logicists.’
      • ‘A mathematical wizard with his name firmly stamped in the Limca Book of Records.’
      • ‘Jerry Miculek is a fine rifleman, a wizard with a shotgun and adept with any type of handgun.’
      • ‘Acknowledged to be a wizard with the science, Javed has his own salons in many a happening place.’
      • ‘A Wall Street operator who was already in his fifties when he moved to London, Schechter is a prodigious talker, a showman and a financial wizard with a gift for innovation.’
      • ‘Karl Barlow was a wizard with paperwork and identity fraud.’
      genius, expert, master, adept, virtuoso, maestro, past master, marvel, prodigy
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  • 2Computing
    A help feature of a software package that automates complex tasks by asking the user a series of easy-to-answer questions.

    • ‘A software wizard takes users through the activation process.’
    • ‘Administration of digital certificates is also handled by the graphical user interface wizard.’
    • ‘Digital cameras and camcorders are well catered for, with installation wizards and simple editing software.’
    • ‘These capabilities should be easy to configure and manage through graphical user interfaces and wizards.’
    • ‘A web site can have novice users, and a wizard makes complex tasks seem easy.’
    • ‘If you own a modern computer, you will know there is a maintenance wizard in your windows software.’
    • ‘Straightforward wizards guide users through hard disk and Internet browser cleanups.’


dated, informal
  • Wonderful; excellent.

    ‘how absolutely wizard!’
    ‘I've just had a wizard idea’
    • ‘That's what someone over here said a few centuries ago and everyone thought it to be a jolly wizard idea.’
    • ‘Bloomsbury shares would be a wizard idea for a present.’
    • ‘A wizard idea that Steven's ambitious deputy may find hard.’
    • ‘If elected, I will appoint Buni as my Shadow Education Secretary, on the strength of this wizard idea of his in Peter's comments box.’
    excellent, wonderful, marvellous, magnificent, superb, splendid, glorious, sublime, lovely, delightful, first-class, first-rate, outstanding
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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘philosopher, sage’): from wise + -ard.