a person who practices magic; magician or sorcerer.
a conjurer or juggler.
Also, whiz, wiz, [wiz] a person of amazing skill or accomplishment: a wizard at chemistry.
Computers. a software feature that guides users through complex procedures with step-by-step instructions, often presented in dialog boxes.
of or pertaining to a wizard.
British Slang. superb; excellent; wonderful: That's wizard!

1400–50; late Middle English wisard. See wise1, -ard

wizardlike, adjective

1. enchanter, necromancer, thaumaturge, diviner.
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wizard (ˈwɪzəd)
1.  a male witch or a man who practises or professes to practise magic or sorcery
2.  a person who is outstandingly clever in some specified field; expert
3.  obsolete a wise man
4.  computing a computer program that guides a user through a complex task
5.  informal chiefly (Brit) superb; outstanding
6.  of or relating to a wizard or wizardry
[C15: variant of wissard, from wise1 + -ard]

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Word Origin & History

c.1440, "philosopher, sage," from M.E. wys "wise" (see wise (adj.)) + -ard. Cf. Lith. zynyste "magic," zynys "sorcerer," zyne "witch," all from zinoti "to know." The ground sense is perhaps "to know the future." The meaning "one with magical power" did not emerge distinctly
until c.1550, the distinction between philosophy and magic being blurred in the Middle Ages. As a slang word meaning "excellent" it is recorded from 1922.
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Slang Dictionary


1. Transitively, a person who knows how a complex piece of software or hardware works (that is, who groks it); esp. someone who can find and fix bugs quickly in an emergency. Someone is a hacker if he or she has general hacking ability, but is a wizard with respect to something only if he or she has specific detailed knowledge of that thing. A good hacker could become a wizard for something given the time to study it.
2. The term `wizard' is also used intransitively of someone who has extremely high-level hacking or problem-solving ability.
3. A person who is permitted to do things forbidden to ordinary people; one who has wheel privileges on a system.
4. A Unix expert, esp. a Unix systems programmer. This usage is well enough established that `Unix Wizard' is a recognized job title at some corporations and to most headhunters. See guru, lord high fixer. See also deep magic, heavy wizardry, incantation, magic, mutter, rain dance, voodoo programming, wave a dead chicken.
Bible Dictionary

Wizard definition

a pretender to supernatural knowledge and power, "a knowing one," as the original Hebrew word signifies. Such an one was forbidden on pain of death to practise his deceptions (Lev. 19:31; 20:6, 27; 1 Sam. 28:3; Isa. 8:19; 19:3).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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