Signs for WITCH
Meaning: a woman having magic or supernatural powers, popularly depicted as wearing a black cloak and pointed hat and flying on a broomstick.
Pronunciation (sign description): Dominant clawed forefinger (handshape) with the palm down (orientation) in contact with or near the nose (location) taps twice (movement) on the non-dominant clawed forefinger with the palm up (location).
Related signs: SORCERESS, MEDICINE WOMAN, WISE-WOMAN, WIZARD.
Deaf Culture and tidbits
"The village of Sible Hedingham was once known as the birthplace of the condottiero Sir John Hawkwood, but after a trial in 1864, it became known for an assault on a deaf 'witch' who shortly after died of his injuries. It is therefore one of the last 'witchcraft' cases in Britain. We do not know the name of the deaf man – he was locally, unimaginatively, called 'Dummy' (circa 1780-1863), but his real name is unknown and possibly now unknowable." -- H Dominic W Stiles, 2 August 2019.