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wight1

[wahyt] /waɪt/
noun
1.
a human being.
2.
Obsolete.
  1. a supernatural being, as a witch or sprite.
  2. any living being; a creature.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English, Old English wiht; cognate with German Wicht, Old Norse vēttr, Gothic waiht

wight2

[wahyt] /waɪt/
adjective, British Dialect
1.
strong and brave, especially in war.
2.
active; nimble.
Origin
1175-1225; Middle English < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse vīgt, neuter of vīgr able to fight

Wight

[wahyt] /waɪt/
noun
1.
Isle of, an island off the S coast of England, forming an administrative division of Hampshire. 147 sq. mi. (381 sq. km). County seat: Newport.
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British Dictionary definitions for wight

wight1

/waɪt/
noun
1.
(archaic) a human being
Word Origin
Old English wiht; related to Old Frisian āwet something, Old Norse vǣttr being, Gothic waihts thing, German Wicht small person

wight2

/waɪt/
adjective
1.
(archaic) strong and brave; valiant
Word Origin
C13: from Old Norse vigt; related to Old English wīg battle, Latin vincere to conquer

Wight

/waɪt/
noun
1.
Isle of Wight, an island and county of S England in the English Channel. Administrative centre: Newport. Pop: 136 300 (2003 est). Area: 380 sq km (147 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for wight
n.

Old English wiht "living being, creature," from Proto-Germanic *wekhtiz (cf. Old Saxon wiht "thing, demon," Dutch wicht "a little child," Old High German wiht "thing, creature, demon," German Wicht "creature, infant," Old Norse vettr "thing, creature," Swedish vätte "spirit of the earth, gnome," Gothic waihts "something"). The only apparent cognate outside Germanic is Old Church Slavonic vešti "a thing." Not related to the Isle of Wight, which is from Latin Vectis (c.150), originally Celtic, possibly meaning "place of the division."

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