Hypertext Webster Gateway: "wight"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Wight \Wight\, a. [OE. wight, wiht, probably of Scand. origin;
cf. Icel. v[=i]gr in fighting condition, neut. v[=i]gh ???
v[=i]g war, akin to AS. w[=i]g See {Vanquish}.]
Swift; nimble; agile; strong and active. [Obs. or Poetic]

'T is full wight, God wot, as is a roe. --Chaucer.

He was so wimble and so wight. --Spenser.

They were Night and Day, and Day and Night, Pilgrims
wight with steps forthright. --Emerson.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Wight \Wight\, n.
Weight. [Obs.]

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Wight \Wight\, n. [OE. wight, wiht, a wight, a whit, AS. wiht,
wuht, a creature, a thing; skin to D. wicht a child, OS. &
OHG. wiht a creature, thing, G. wicht a creature, Icel.
v[ae]tt? a wight, v[ae]tt? a whit, Goth. wa['i]hts, wa['i]ht,
thing; cf. Russ. veshche a thing. ?. Cf. {Whit}.]
1. A whit; a bit; a jot. [Obs.]

She was fallen asleep a little wight. --Chaucer.

2. A supernatural being. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

3. A human being; a person, either male or female; -- now
used chiefly in irony or burlesque, or in humorous
language. ``Worst of all wightes.'' --Chaucer.

Every wight that hath discretion. --Chaucer.

Oh, say me true if thou wert mortal wight. --Milton.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: a human being; `wight' is an archaic term [syn: {creature}]
2: an island and county of southern England in the English
Channel [syn: {Wight}, {Isle of Wight}]

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