wight

wight

1 [wahyt]

Origin:
before 900; Middle English, Old English wiht; cognate with German Wicht, Old Norse vēttr, Gothic waiht

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wight

2 [wahyt]
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]
noun
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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wight1 (waɪt)
 
n
archaic a human being
 
[Old English wiht; related to Old Frisian āwet something, Old Norse vǣttr being, Gothic waihts thing, German Wicht small person]

wight2 (waɪt)
 
adj
archaic strong and brave; valiant
 
[C13: from Old Norse vigt; related to Old English wīg battle, Latin vincere to conquer]

Wight (waɪt)
 
n
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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wight
O.E. wiht "living being, creature," from P.Gmc. *wekhtiz (cf. O.S. wiht "thing, demon," Du. wicht "a little child," O.H.G. wiht "thing, creature, demon," Ger. Wicht "creature, infant," O.N. vettr "thing, creature," Swed. vätte "spirit of the earth, gnome," Goth. waihts "something"). The only apparent
cognate outside Gmc. is O.C.S. veti "a thing." Not related to the Isle of Wight, which is from L. Vectis (c.150), originally Celtic, possibly meaning "place of the division."
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