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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Hag
Senses
  1. A witch, sorceress, or enchantress; also, a wizard.(Obs)"Silenus] that old hag." [Golding.]
  2. An ugly old woman.
  3. A fury; a she-monster.
  4. [Zoöl] An eel-like marine marsipobranch (Myxine glutinosa), allied to the lamprey. It has a suctorial mouth, with labial appendages, and a single pair of gill openings. It is the type of the order Hyperotreta. Called also hagfish borer slime eel sucker, and sleepmarken.
  5. [Zoöl] The hagdon or shearwater.
  6. An appearance of light and fire on a horse's mane or a man's hair.

Etymology: OE. hagge hegge, witch, hag, AS. hægtesse; akin to OHG. hagazussa, G. hexe, D. heks, Dan. hex, Sw. häxa. The first part of the word is prob. the same as E. haw hedge, and the orig. meaning was perh., wood woman, wild woman. √12

verb Hag
To harass; to weary with vexation.
noun Hag
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  1. A small wood, or part of a wood or copse, which is marked off or inclosed for felling, or which has been felled."This said, he led me over hoults and hags; Through thorns and bushes scant my legs I drew." [Fairfax.]
  2. A quagmire; mossy ground where peat or turf has been cut.

Etymology: Scot. hag to cut; cf. E. hack

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Eellike cyclostome having a tongue with horny teeth in a round mouth surrounded by eight tentacles; feeds on dead or trapped fishes by boring into their bodies
  2. An ugly evil-looking old woman
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Middle English hagge, hegge (“demon, old woman”), shortening of Old English hægtesse, hægtes (“harpy, witch”), from Proto-Germanic *hagatusjǭ (compare Saterland Frisian Häkse (“witch”), Dutch heks, German Hexe (“witch”)), compounds of (1) *hagaz (“able, skilled”) (compare Old Norse hagr (“handy, skillful”), Middle High German behac (“pleasurable”)), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱak- (compare Sanskrit शक्नोति (śaknóti, “he can”)), and (2) *tusjǭ (“witch”) (compare dialectal Norwegian tysja (“fairy, she-elf”)).

  1. A witch, sorceress, or enchantress; a wizard.
  2. (pejorative) An ugly old woman.
  3. A fury; a she-monster.
  4. A hagfish; an eel-like marine marsipobranch, Myxine glutinosa, allied to the lamprey, with a suctorial mouth, labial appendages, and a single pair of gill openings.
  5. A hagdon or shearwater.
  6. An appearance of light and fire on a horse's mane or a man's hair.
  7. The fruit of the hagberry, Prunus padus.

Scots hag (“to cut”), from Old Norse hǫgg ‘cut, gap, breach’, derivative of hǫggva ‘to hack, hew’; compare English hew.

  1. A small wood, or part of a wood or copse, which is marked off or enclosed for felling, or which has been felled.
  2. A quagmire; mossy ground where peat or turf has been cut.

From Proto-Germanic *hag(g)ōnan (compare obsolete Dutch hagen ‘to torment, agonize’, Norwegian haga ‘to tire, weaken’).

    hag was also found in the following language(s): Breton, Cornish, and Danish

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    Fun Facts about the name Hag

    • When was the first name Hag first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Hag is Wednesday, December 22nd, 1954.
    • How unique is the name Hag? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Hag. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
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    Past life for Hag born Sep 4, 2000

    I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Northern England approximately on 825. Your profession was trainer and holder of the fine animals, birds, and insects.

    You were a person with huge energy, good in planning and supervising. If you were just a garbage-man, you were chief garbage-man. You are bound to solve problems regarding pollution of environment, recycling, misuse of raw materials, elimination of radioactivity by all means including psychological methods.

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