ghoul


ghoul

noun \ˈgül\

: an evil creature in frightening stories that robs graves and eats dead bodies

Full Definition of GHOUL

1
:  a legendary evil being that robs graves and feeds on corpses
2
:  one suggestive of a ghoul; especially :  one who shows morbid interest in things considered shocking or repulsive
ghoul·ish \ˈgü-lish\ adjective
ghoul·ish·ly adverb
ghoul·ish·ness noun

Examples of GHOUL

  1. <in Arabic folklore, ghouls could change their shapes but had one unchanging feature: donkey's hooves for feet>

Origin of GHOUL

Arabic ghūl
First Known Use: 1786

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