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Definition: magic spell, witch’s trick.

Pronunciation: CAN-trip


Cantrip is a Scots origin word, probably deriving from the Gaelic canntaireachd, meaning a piper’s mnemonic chant- a cantrip on its own!

Why this word?

I was always enchanted by spells, witches and daemons. The fantasy only takes place in our imagination, which really makes it endless (a mesmerizing idea as for itself) and to me, all words related to it are as magical- especially those we don’t know.  Like this one.

The funny thing is that if you are into Dungeons and Dragons or any other sort of fantasy game- you’d know the word as cantrip represents minor spells in many of them. But, words shouldn’t be limited to game players- so here you have it!

On top of it, seeing this one as a compound word makes it into a really funny one!

How to use cantrip in a sentence?

“She drives me nuts with her long black hair and deep voice; it moves me like a cantrip”.

“I have no idea why I did such thing… I was probably under some sort of a cantrip!”

“You and your cantrips! You’re driving them wild!”


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Written by Victoria Sheinkin

Victoria Sheinkin is a writer, content editor, translator and chief editor for Speaking three and a half languages, she holds two BAs from the Tel Aviv university- Communication and jounalism, English literature and linguistics.


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