- hag-ridden (n.) 1680s, "afflicted by nightmares," from HAG (Cf. hag) (n.) + RIDDEN (Cf. ridden). An old term for sleep paralysis, the sensation of being held immobile in bed, often by a heavy weight, and accompanied by a sense of alien presence. A holed stone hung over the bed was said to prevent it. Hag-ride as a verb is attested from 1660s.
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hag-ridden — hag rid den, hagridden hag rid den(h[a^]g r[i^]d d n), a. Ridden by a hag or witch; hence, afflicted with nightmares; tormented or harassed by nightmares or unreasonable fears. Beattie. Cheyne. Syn: tormented. [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
hag-ridden — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ afflicted by nightmares or anxieties … English terms dictionary
Hag-ridden — This is when a Hag rides a sleeping person like a horse. The person wakes up unrested and exhausted. A person can even be Hag ridden to death. See Hag and Black Annis … The writer's dictionary of science fiction, fantasy, horror and mythology
hag-ridden — /ˈhæg rɪdn/ (say hag ridn) adjective worried or tormented, as by a witch … Australian English dictionary
hag-ridden — adjective afflicted by nightmares or anxieties … English new terms dictionary
hag-ridden — adjective literary always worried by problems in your life … Longman dictionary of contemporary English
hag-ridden — adjective tormented or harassed by nightmares or unreasonable fears hagridden...by visions of an imminent heaven or hell upon earth C.S.Lewis • Syn: ↑hagridden, ↑tormented • Similar to: ↑troubled … Useful english dictionary
hag-riding — This term refers to a frightening sensation of being held immobile in bed, often by a heavy weight pressing on one s stomach or chest. It is now recognized medically under the name sleep paralysis ; it can be accompanied by the sense of an… … A Dictionary of English folklore
-ridden — a combining form meaning obsessed with, overwhelmed by (torment ridden) or full of, burdened with (debt ridden). [special use of RIDDEN] * * * ridden combining form Oppressed by the dominance or prevalence of a specified thing (eg hag ridden or… … Useful english dictionary
Hag — An ugly old woman who is in league with the dead or the Devil. She is often a witch or sorceress. On rare occasions, a Hag may be young and beautiful. See Hag ridden and Black Annis … The writer's dictionary of science fiction, fantasy, horror and mythology