- enPR: wīt, IPA(key): /waɪt/
- Rhymes: -aɪt
- Homophones: wite, white (in accents with the wine-whine merger)
From Middle English, from Old English wiht (“wight, person, creature, being, whit, thing, something, anything”), from Proto-Germanic *wihtiz (“essence, object”), from Proto-Indo-European *wekti- (“cause, sake, thing”), from Proto-Indo-European *wekʷ- (“to say, tell”). Cognate with Old High German wiht (“creature, thing”), Dutch wicht, German Wicht, Swedish vätte. See also whit.
wight (plural wights)
- (archaic) A living creature, especially a human being.
- (paganism) A being of one of the Nine Worlds of heathen belief, especially a nature spirit, elf or ancestor.
- (poetic) A ghost or other supernatural entity.
- (fantasy) A wraith-like creature.
- (archaic except in dialects) Brave, valorous, strong.
- (UK dialectal) Strong; stout; active.
- “wight” in the Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, 1974 edition.
wight (plural wightes)