from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A male witch, sorcerer, wizard, or demon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The male equivalent of witch.
  • n. A traitor or oath-breaker.
  • n. The Devil, Satan; a demon.
  • n. A man in league with the Devil; a male magic-user, a wizard.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a warlock or warlock; impish.
  • n. A male witch; a wizard; a sprite; an imp.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A deceiver; a truce-breaker; a traitor.
  • n. A person in league with the devil; a sorcerer; a wizard.
  • n. A monster.
  • n. A fetterlock.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a male witch or demon


Middle English warloghe, from Old English wǣrloga, oath-breaker : wǣr, pledge + -loga, liar (from lēogan, to lie).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English wǣrloga, from wǣr ("promise") (from Proto-Indo-European *wēr- (“true”); compare veritable) + loga ("liar"), from lēogan ( > English lie); the ending in -ock is from Scottish & Northern English. (Wiktionary)



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  • Never used to describe a modern male practitioner of Wicca...a male witch is simply a male witch. To a Wiccan, warlock is at worst considered a derogatory term and at best a comic one.

    January 27, 2008

  • From Merriam-Webster Dictionary
    Etymology: Middle English warloghe, from Old English wǣrloga one that breaks faith, the Devil, from wǣr faith, troth + -loga (from lēogan to lie); akin to Old English wǣr true — more at very, lie
    Date: 14th century
    1 : a man practicing the black arts : sorcerer — compare witch
    2 : conjurer

    January 27, 2008