: a legendary evil being that robs graves and feeds on corpses
: one suggestive of a ghoul
especially : one who shows morbid interest in things considered shocking or repulsive

Examples of ghoul in a Sentence

in Arabic folklore, ghouls could change their shapes but had one unchanging feature: donkey's hooves for feet
Recent Examples on the Web That evening, the ghoul is attracted to a campfire outside a cabin, introducing us to seven young adults staying there. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 23 Jan. 2024 With the help of lightning rings, garlic and Bibles, players were outlasting waves of ghouls and beasts in Vampire Survivors long before the video game was released officially. George Yang, New York Times, 9 Jan. 2024 Specifically, from those that seem least human of all: ghouls. Christopher Cruz, Rolling Stone, 15 Jan. 2024 Those shops now get their biggest sales from October ghouls, not December garlands. Andrew Van Dam, Washington Post, 22 Dec. 2023 There’s a chill in the air, leaves litter the ground, and houses up and down on your street are decked out with ghouls, goblins and all manner of grim tidings. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 26 Oct. 2023 The Prince of Wales had just the royal reaction to the spooky news Prince William isn’t too cool for ghouls — or so easily spooked! Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 24 Oct. 2023 From sassy talking ghouls to larger-than-life animatronic skeletons, these over-the-top looks bring delight to those who love all things creepy. Maggie Gillette, Better Homes & Gardens, 19 Oct. 2023 Target similarly sold out of its giant Halloween ghoul Lewis after the eight-foot decoration became a hit on the app. Rachel Kurzius, Washington Post, 21 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History


Arabic ghūl

First Known Use

1721, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ghoul was in 1721

Dictionary Entries Near ghoul

Cite this Entry

“Ghoul.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: an evil being of legend that robs graves and feeds on corpses
: a person (as a grave robber) whose activities suggest those of a ghoul
ghoulish adjective
ghoulishly adverb
ghoulishness noun

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