Wraith vs Wight - What's the difference?

wraith | wight |

As nouns the difference between wraith and wight

is that wraith is a ghost or specter, especially seen just after a person's death while wight is (archaic) a living creature, especially a human being.

As a adjective wight is

(archaic except in dialects ) brave, valorous, strong.




(en noun)
  • A ghost or specter, especially seen just after a person's death.
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    * See also

    Derived terms

    * wraithish * wraithful * wraithlike

    See also

    * (wikipedia "wraith")



    Etymology 1

    From (etyl), from (etyl) . See also (l). The meaning of the wraith-like creature is from barrow-wights in world.


    (en noun)
  • (archaic) A living creature, especially a human being.
  • * circa 1602 , , act 1, scene 3:
  • O base Hungarian wight ! wilt thou the spigot wield?
  • * 1626 , , verse vi
  • Oh say me true if thou wert mortal wight
    And why from us so quickly thou didst take thy flight.
  • (paganism) A being of one of the Nine Worlds of heathen belief, especially a nature spirit, elf or ancestor.
  • (poetic) A ghost or other supernatural entity.
  • * 1789 , , lines 14-15-16
  • But I saw a glow-worm near,
    Who replied: ‘What wailing wight
    Calls the watchman of the night?
  • (fantasy) A wraith-like creature.
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl), from (etyl) Merriam-Webster, 1974..


  • (archaic except in dialects ) Brave, valorous, strong.
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  • Strong; stout; active.
  • See also

    * Isle of Wight