A hag is a witch, or a witch-like old woman. Many fairy tales include a hag as a frightening character.

While the wide folklore and fairy tale tradition includes some hags with positive, benevolent qualities, you'll more often read about mean and ugly hags with evil intentions. The witch in "Hansel and Gretel" who tempts the children with her house made out of candy is one example of a famous literary hag. Mick Jagger of "The Rolling Stones" sang about another hag: "I was raised by a toothless, bearded hag." We doubt that, Mick.

Definitions of hag
  1. noun
    an ugly evil-looking old woman
    synonyms: beldam, beldame, crone, witch
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    type of:
    old woman
    a woman who is old
  2. noun
    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
    synonyms: hagfish, slime eels
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    Myxine glutinosa
    typical hagfish
    a fossil hagfish of the genus Eptatretus
    Myxinikela siroka
    fossil hagfish of the Pennsylvanian period (c. 300 million years ago) that resembled modern hagfishes
    type of:
    agnathan, jawless fish, jawless vertebrate
    eel-shaped vertebrate without jaws or paired appendages including the cyclostomes and some extinct forms
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