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wizard

[wiz-erd] /ˈwɪz ərd/
noun
1.
a person who practices magic; magician or sorcerer.
2.
a conjurer or juggler.
3.
Also, whiz, wiz,
[wiz] /wɪz/ (Show IPA)
. a person of amazing skill or accomplishment:
a wizard at chemistry.
4.
Computers. a software feature that guides users through complex procedures with step-by-step instructions, often presented in dialog boxes.
adjective
5.
of or pertaining to a wizard.
6.
7.
British Slang. superb; excellent; wonderful:
That's wizard!
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English wisard. See wise1, -ard
Related forms
wizardlike, adjective
Synonyms
1. enchanter, necromancer, thaumaturge, diviner.
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British Dictionary definitions for wizardlike

wizard

/ˈwɪzəd/
noun
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
adjective
5.
(informal, mainly Brit) superb; outstanding
6.
of or relating to a wizard or wizardry
Derived Forms
wizardly, adjective
Word Origin
C15: variant of wissard, from wise1 + -ard
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Word Origin and History for wizardlike

wizard

n.

mid-15c., "philosopher, sage," from Middle English wys "wise" (see wise (adj.)) + -ard. Cf. Lithuanian 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 definitions & phrases for wizardlike

wizard

adjective

Excellent; great, tits, super

[1922+; first recorded in Sinclair Lewis, but afterwards chiefly British]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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wizardlike in the Bible

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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