- bargest, barghast, barghaist, bargheist, bargast, bargust, bargas, barghist, bahgeeast, bargiss, bargus, bargeist, bohghost, barguest
Disputed; perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).
barghest (plural barghests)
- (Britain) A legendary monstrous black dog, said to possess large teeth and claws and (sometimes) to be capable of changing form.
- (Britain) Any ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
- See also Wikisaurus:ghost
This word is best known in northern England, especially Yorkshire.