variants or less commonly barguest
plural -s
dialectal, England
: a ghost or goblin believed to portend misfortune and sometimes appearing in the shape of a large dog

Word History


perhaps from English dialect bar, bargh ridge (from Middle English bergh hill) + English dialect ghest, alteration of ghost

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“Barghest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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