AskDefine | Define hex

Dictionary Definition

hex adj : of or pertaining to a number system having 16 as its base [syn: hexadecimal] n : an evil spell; "a witch put a curse on his whole family"; "he put the whammy on me" [syn: jinx, curse, whammy] v : cast a spell over someone or something; put a hex on someone or something [syn: bewitch, glamour, witch, enchant, jinx]

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Etymology 1

From etyl pdc hexe, from hexen. Noun appears later, in the early twentieth century. Compare German Hexe.


  1. An evil spell or curse.
  2. A witch.
  3. A spell (now rare but still found in compounds such as hex sign and hexcraft).
an evil spell or curse
  • Finnish: taika, loitsu, kirous
  • German: Fluch, Verhexung
a witch
  • Finnish: noita
  • German: Hexe
rare: a spell


  1. To put a hex on.
to put a hex on
  • Finnish: kirota, loitsia, taikoa

Etymology 2

Short for hexadecimal.


  1. computing informal
  • Finnish: heksa
  • Greek: δεκαεξαδικό

Extensive Definition

A hex is a curse or magical spell or a female caster of such. The term is derived from the German word "Hexe" for a witch. Hex is also the Greek root word denoting "six" as in "hexagon", a six-sided geometric figure. Hex may also mean:


Television & Movies

  • Hex (TV series)
  • Hex (Doctor Who), a character in the Big Finish Productions audio plays based on the television series Doctor Who
  • Hex, a Ben 10 villain.
  • Hex (1973 movie), a 1973 film starring Keith Carradine, Gary Busey, Dan Haggerty, and Hillarie Thompson


Books & Comics


hex in Danish: Hex
hex in German: Hex
hex in Spanish: Hex
hex in Italian: HEX
hex in Polish: Hex

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Jonah, Weird Sisters, abuse, accurse, afflict, aggrieve, anathema, anathematize, bad influence, ban, bedevil, befoul, bewitch, blaspheme, blasphemy, blast, blight, bring bad luck, cantrip, charm, commination, condemn, confound, corrupt, coven, crucify, curse, damage, damn, damnation, darn, defile, demonize, denunciation, deprave, despoil, destroy, diabolize, disadvantage, disserve, distress, do a mischief, do evil, do ill, do wrong, do wrong by, doom, enchant, enchantment, enchantress, envenom, evil eye, evil genius, evil star, excommunicate, excommunication, execrate, execration, exorcism, fulminate against, fulmination, get into trouble, glamour, hag, harass, harm, hoodoo, hurt, ill wind, impair, imprecate, imprecation, infect, injure, jinx, lamia, magic spell, malevolent influence, malison, malocchio, maltreat, menace, mistreat, molest, obsess, outrage, overlook, persecute, play havoc with, play hob with, poison, pollute, possess, prejudice, proscription, savage, scathe, shamaness, sorceress, spell, taint, threaten, throw a whammy, thunder against, thundering, torment, torture, violate, voodoo, wanga, weird, whammy, witch, witchwife, witchwoman, wound, wreak havoc on, wrong
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