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hag1 / hag/ • n. 1. a witch, esp. one in the form of an ugly old woman (often used as a term of disparagement for a woman): a fat old hag in a dirty apron. 2. short for hagfish. DERIVATIVES: hag·gish adj. hag2 • n. Scot. & N. English 1. (also peat hag) an overhang of peat. 2. a soft place on a moor or a firm place in a bog.

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hag2 (Sc. and north.) †gap, chasm XIII; piece of soft bog XVII; spot of firmer ground in a peat bog XIX. — ON. *haggw-, hǫgg gap, breach, orig. cutting blow (whence the Sc. and north. Eng. senses ‘cutting, hewing’, ‘cut wood’), f. *haggwa, hǫggva HEW.

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hag1 female evil spirit XIII; repulsive old woman XIV(?). ME. hegge, hagge; rare before XVI. perh. shortening of OE. hægtesse, hegtes fury, witch = MDu. haghetisse (Du. hecse), OHG. hagazissa (G. hexe), of unkn. orig.

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hag a witch, especially one in the form of an ugly old woman. The word is Middle English, and is perhaps from an Old English word related to Dutch heks and German Hexe ‘witch’.

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hag A parcel of wood that has been marked off for cutting. See also cant and coupe.

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hag A parcel of wood that has been marked off for cutting. See also CANT and COUPE.

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hagbag, blag, brag, Bragg, crag, dag, drag, fag, flag, gag, hag, jag, lag, mag, nag, quag, rag, sag, scrag, shag, slag, snag, sprag, stag, swag, tag, wag, zag •ragbag • saddlebag •handbag, sandbag •gasbag • ratbag • air bag • mailbag •fleabag, tea bag •beanbag • windbag • kitbag • dillybag •carpet bag • washbag • growbag •nosebag •bumbag, scumbag •punchbag • Stalag • jetlag • greylag •gulag • dishrag • bullyrag • Morag •ragtag • dog tag • Sontag • wigwag •chinwag •scallywag (US scallawag) • zigzag

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