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Witch vs. Wizard: Know the Difference

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By Shumaila Saeed || Updated on December 25, 2023
A witch is typically a female associated with magical abilities, often portrayed in folklore as practicing sorcery, whereas a wizard is often a male figure depicted as possessing profound magical knowledge or skill.
Witch vs. Wizard

Comparison Chart

Gender Association

Traditionally female
Traditionally male
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Cultural Perception

Often seen as malevolent
Usually viewed as sagacious
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Role in Stories

Can be a healer, curse caster, or sage
Often a mentor or source of wisdom
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Source of Power

Nature, spirits, deities
Study, knowledge, innate ability
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Historical Treatment

Persecuted, especially in the past
Revered, consulted for guidance
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Witch and Wizard Definitions

Witch

A figure in folklore, often with a connection to the occult.
Children dressed as witches for the Halloween parade.
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Wizard

A person exceptionally skilled in a particular area.
He was a wizard with computers, fixing any issue.
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Witch

A practitioner of Wicca or similar neopagan religions.
The modern witch held a ritual for the solstice.
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Wizard

A sage or wise man with mystical insight.
The wizard foresaw the coming of a great king.
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Witch

A spiteful or enchanting woman.
In his stories, she was the witch who lured adventurers.
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Wizard

An adept in magical arts and scholarly knowledge.
The old wizard taught the secrets of alchemy.
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Witch

A person, especially a woman, claiming or popularly believed to possess magical powers and practice sorcery.
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Wizard

One who practices magic; a sorcerer or magician.
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Witch

A believer or follower of Wicca; a Wiccan.
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Wizard

A skilled or clever person
A wizard at math.
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Witch

(Offensive) An old woman considered to be ugly or frightening.
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Wizard

(Archaic) A sage.
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Witch

A woman considered to be spiteful or overbearing.
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Wizard

Chiefly British Slang Excellent.
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Witch

(Informal) A woman or girl considered to be charming or fascinating.
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Wizard

(Archaic) Of or relating to wizards or wizardry.
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Witch

One particularly skilled or competent at one's craft
"A witch of a writer, [she] is capable of developing an intensity that verges on ferocity" (Peter S. Prescott).
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Wizard

Someone, usually male, who uses (or has skill with) magic, mystic items, and magical and mystical practices.
You're a wizard, Harry
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Witch

To work or cast a spell on; bewitch.
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Wizard

One who is especially skilled or unusually talented in a particular field.
He was a financial wizard, capable of predicting the movements of the stock markets.
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Witch

To cause, bring, or effect by witchcraft.
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Wizard

(computing) A computer program or script used to simplify complex operations, often for an inexperienced user.
Use the "Add Network Connection" wizard to connect to a network in a series of simple steps.
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Witch

To use a divining rod to find underground water or minerals; dowse.
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Wizard

(Internet) One of the administrators of a multi-user dungeon.
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Witch

A person who practices witchcraft.
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Wizard

(obsolete) A wise man; a sage.
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Witch

(now usually particularly) A woman who is learned in and actively practices witchcraft.
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Wizard

(internet slang) A virgin over the age of 30.
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Witch

An ugly or unpleasant woman.
I hate that old witch.
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Wizard

Fine, superb (originally RAF slang).
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Witch

One who exercises more-than-common power of attraction; a charming or bewitching person.
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Wizard

(intransitive) To practice wizardry.
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Witch

One given to mischief, especially a woman or child.
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Wizard

(transitive) To conjure.
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Witch

(geometry) A certain curve of the third order, described by Maria Agnesi under the name versiera.
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Wizard

A wise man; a sage.
See how from far upon the eastern roadThe star-led wizards [Magi] haste with odors sweet!
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Witch

The storm petrel.
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Wizard

One devoted to the black art; a magician; a conjurer; a sorcerer; an enchanter.
The wily wizard must be caught.
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Witch

Any of a number of flatfish:
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Wizard

Enchanting; charming.
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Witch

Glyptocephalus cynoglossus (Torbay sole), found in the North Atlantic.
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Wizard

Haunted by wizards.
Where Deva spreads her wizard stream.
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Witch

Lepidorhombus whiffiagonis (megrim), found in the North Atlantic.
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Wizard

Someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field
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Witch

Arnoglossus scapha, found near New Zealand.
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Wizard

One who practices magic or sorcery
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Witch

The Indomalayan butterfly Araotes lapithis, of the family Lycaenidae.
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Wizard

Possessing or using or characteristic of or appropriate to supernatural powers;
Charming incantations
Magic signs that protect against adverse influence
A magical spell
'tis now the very witching time of night
Wizard wands
Wizardly powers
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Witch

A cone of paper which is placed in a vessel of lard or other fat and used as a taper.
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Wizard

A man with magical powers.
The wizard summoned a storm with a wave of his wand.
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Witch

(intransitive) To dowse for water.
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Wizard

A conjurer or sorcerer in tales and folklore.
The wizard in the tale protected the realm with his magic.
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Witch

To practise witchcraft.
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Witch

(transitive) To bewitch.
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Witch

A cone of paper which is placed in a vessel of lard or other fat, and used as a taper.
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Witch

One who practices the black art, or magic; one regarded as possessing supernatural or magical power by compact with an evil spirit, esp. with the Devil; a sorcerer or sorceress; - now applied chiefly or only to women, but formerly used of men as well.
There was a man in that city whose name was Simon, a witch.
He can not abide the old woman of Brentford; he swears she's a witch.
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Witch

An ugly old woman; a hag.
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Witch

One who exercises more than common power of attraction; a charming or bewitching person; also, one given to mischief; - said especially of a woman or child.
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Witch

A certain curve of the third order, described by Maria Agnesi under the name versiera.
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Witch

The stormy petrel.
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Witch

A Wiccan; an adherent or practitioner of Wicca, a religion which in different forms may be paganistic and nature-oriented, or ditheistic. The term witch applies to both male and female adherents in this sense.
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Witch

To bewitch; to fascinate; to enchant.
[I 'll] witch sweet ladies with my words and looks.
Whether within us or withoutThe spell of this illusion beThat witches us to hear and see.
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Witch

A female sorcerer or magician
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Witch

A being (usually female) imagined to have special powers derived from the devil
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Witch

An ugly evil-looking old woman
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Witch

Cast a spell over someone or something; put a hex on someone or something
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Witch

A woman thought to have magic powers.
The village witch concocted potions for healing.
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Witch

Someone practicing witchcraft, often with a focus on natural magic.
The witch read the stars and brewed her spells.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

Are wizards always good in stories?

Not always; they can be good, evil, or morally ambiguous.
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Is 'witch' always used for females?

Traditionally, yes, but contemporary usage can be gender-neutral.
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Are witches always evil in stories?

No, witches can be good or evil, depending on the narrative.
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What's a familiar in relation to witches?

A familiar is an animal companion believed to assist witches with their magic.
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Can men be called witches?

Yes, men can be called witches, especially in modern Wiccan practices.
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Is 'wizard' a male-only term?

It is traditionally male, but the term can be used for any gender in modern fantasy.
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Can witchcraft be practiced without belief in the supernatural?

Yes, some view witchcraft as a symbolic practice rather than literal magic.
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Do wizards always have beards?

No, it's a common stereotype but not a requirement.
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Is wizardry always learned?

In many stories, wizardry requires study, but some wizards are born with innate abilities.
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Are wizards real?

Wizards as magical beings are fictional, but some people may identify as wizards in a spiritual or cultural sense.
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Do witches and wizards always have supernatural powers?

In most cultural depictions, yes, they possess some form of magic.
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Do all wizards use wands?

Wands are common tools, but not all wizards in stories use them.
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Do wizards always have magical battles?

Not always; many stories focus on wisdom and knowledge over combat.
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Are witches real?

There are people who identify as witches and practice witchcraft in various forms.
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Is there a difference in the magic practiced by witches and wizards?

In folklore, witches' magic is often more earthy and nature-based, while wizards' magic is more academic.
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Do witches have a specific dress code?

No, the stereotypical witch attire is largely a creation of popular culture.
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Do witches worship Satan?

This is a misconception; many witches practice nature-based spirituality.
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What is a coven?

A coven is a gathering or group of witches for the practice of witchcraft.
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What is an apprentice to a wizard called?

They are often simply called apprentices or sometimes initiates.
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Are there modern representations of witches and wizards?

Yes, witches and wizards are popular in contemporary media, often depicted with a modern twist.
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