- a man in stories who has magic powers
- someone who is very good at something
Origin and usage: The word wizard comes from the Middle English word 'wys' meaning 'wise'. In this sense, it first appeared in English in the early 15th century. As a word used to describe a man with magical powers, wizard did not start to be used until around 1550 - MacMillan Blog
The word wizard is derived from wise.
Wizard -> wise + ard
Wikitionary says wisard is archaic form of wizard.
Wize: Obsolete form of 'wise' — Wiktionary
The 's' in wisard changed to 'z' and 'z' in wize changed to 's'.
- Why did the 's' in 'wisard' change to 'z'?
- Why did the 'z' in 'wize' change to 's'?