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[hag-rid-n] /ˈhægˌrɪd n/
worried or tormented, as by a witch.
Origin of hagridden
1675-85; hag1 + ridden


[hag-rahyd] /ˈhægˌraɪd/
verb (used with object), hagrode or (Archaic) hagrid; hagridden or (Archaic) hagrid; hagriding.
to afflict with worry, dread, need, or the like; torment.
1655-65; hag1 + ride
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hagrider, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for hag-ridden
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  • On this particular night his fears grew like the monstrous visions of some hag-ridden nightmare.

    The Vintage Edward Frederic Benson
  • "I'm not imaginative," he said, "but if I'd been hag-ridden as you have——" He broke off abruptly.

    Regiment of Women Clemence Dane
  • But I carried double weight: jealousy is a heavy hag, and I was hag-ridden morn and eve and all the livelong day to boot.

    The Little Red Foot Robert W. Chambers
  • Whitaker waited by the desk, a gaunt, weary man, hag-ridden by fear.

    The Destroying Angel Louis Joseph Vance
  • I leaned against gaunt houses and saw the dancing waifs yield their poor lives to ugly, hag-ridden music.

    Tongues of Conscience Robert Smythe Hichens
  • We thought him looking old and hag-ridden, but Doria seemed happy.

    Jaffery William J. Locke
  • It is better to be beggared out of hand by a scapegrace nephew, than daily hag-ridden by a peevish uncle.

  • He was neither overlorded by sentiment nor hag-ridden by imagination.

    The Human Drift Jack London
  • Europe, he says ('Chartism'), lay "hag-ridden" and "quack-ridden."

  • Then why did he allow himself to be hag-ridden to his ruin by such a creature?

British Dictionary definitions for hag-ridden


tormented or worried, as if by a witch
(facetious) (of a man) harassed by women
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Word Origin and History for hag-ridden

1680s, "afflicted by nightmares," from hag (n.) + ridden. An old term for sleep paralysis, the sensation of being held immobile in bed, often by a heavy weight, and accompanied by a sense of alien presence. A holed stone hung over the bed was said to prevent it. Hag-ride as a verb is attested from 1660s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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