Middle English Dictionary Entry

wight n.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

(a) A living creature, an animate being; ani (manere) ~, any creature, anybody; everi ~, alle wightes, etc., everybody, all creation; no (no manere, non) ~, no one, not a living soul; also, neither man nor beast; that (what) ~ that, whoever, anybody that; (b) an individual human being, a specific man, woman, or child; also, an unborn child [quot. c1330(?a1300)]; no ~, no human being [quot. a1475]; (c) an unnatural or monstrous being; a supernatural creature, demon; specif. the devil, Satan; foul (ivel, wikkede, etc.) ~; al ~, q.v.; (d) an animal, a beast; pl. nonhuman creatures; also, vermin [often difficult to distinguish from (c)]; foul (wikkede) ~.
(a) A small quantity, portion, bit;—usu. in partitive constructions, with or without prep.; no (non) ~, not a whit, nothing; also, in adv. phrases: ech a (everi) ~, every bit of it, in its entirety; (b) a small extent; used in adv. phrases: a litel (ani) ~, just a bit, a little; to some degree, somewhat; also, to any extent, at all [quot. c1330]; non ~, not at all; (c) a small distance; used in adv. phrase: a litel ~, a little way, not too far; also, by a short measure [quot. a1382]; (d) a short span of time, brief period; in (withinne) a ~; in adv. phrases: a litel ~, for a short while, a little while; also, shortly [2nd quot.].