barghest

EnglishEdit

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Alternative formsEdit

  • bargest, barghast, barghaist, bargheist, bargast, bargust, bargas, barghist, bahgeeast, bargiss, bargus, bargeist, bohghost, barguest

EtymologyEdit

Disputed; perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).

NounEdit

barghest (plural barghests)

  1. (UK) A legendary monstrous black dog, said to possess large teeth and claws and (sometimes) to be capable of changing form.
  2. (UK) Any ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.

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Usage notesEdit

This word is best known in northern England, especially Yorkshire.

Last modified on 16 June 2013, at 23:43