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GroupingLegendary creature
Sub groupingUndead
Similar creaturesGhost

A wight (Old English: wiht) is a creature or living sentient being.[1][2] In its original usage the word wight described a living human being,[3] but later came to be used within the fantasy genre of literature to describe certain undead.[citation needed] The earliest example of this usage in English is in William Morris's translation of the Grettis Saga, wherein draug is translated as "barrow-wight".

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  1. ^ "Wight". Merriam-Webster Dictionary. 1974.
  2. ^ Hoad, T. F., ed. (1996). "Wight". The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology. Retrieved May 19, 2010.
  3. ^ "Wight". Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary (1974 ed.). Merriam-Webster. 1974.