\ ˈgül How to pronounce ghoul (audio) \

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

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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 Vampira, this alluring TV ghoul with winking cleavage and knife-like fingernails, was meant to be a joke, a camp Halloween character. oregonlive, 15 Apr. 2021 Nightmares of a neon red-pearl creek and an arachnid walking ghoul in rotting robes haunt Fenn. Robert Daniels, Los Angeles Times, 1 Apr. 2021 The month comes to a close with Halloween, a spooky, scary time when the nation is haunted by a relentless onslaught of political attack ads in which basically every candidate for public office is depicted as a hideous, bloodsucking ghoul. Dave Barry, Washington Post, 27 Dec. 2020 Despite 2020 being a year full of tragedies, trauma, and terror from that big white ghoul in the White House — Black people all over the world have continued to prosper and thrive. Kevin L. Clark, Essence, 25 Dec. 2020 Just after Halloween, Carey posted a video on social media that showed a ghoul opening a door to reveal her in holiday pajamas, throwing fake snow. Lisa Respers France, CNN, 5 Nov. 2020 As the ghoul reaches for the knob, the music becomes twinkling bells. Anna Chan, Billboard, 1 Nov. 2020 But far more frightening to some than any Halloween ghoul was the sight of those revelers who seemed oblivious to the pandemic altogether. Christina Tkacik,, 31 Oct. 2020 The ghoul drifts through the abyss at a towering ten feet in length, with 15 tentacles, each covered in 5,000 stinging cells that deliver a fatal shock. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of ghoul

1786, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ghoul

Arabic ghūl

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Last Updated

28 Apr 2021

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“Ghoul.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ghoul

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


\ ˈgül How to pronounce ghoul (audio) \

Kids Definition of ghoul

1 : an evil being of legend that robs graves and feeds on dead bodies
2 : someone whose activities suggest those of a ghoul : an evil or frightening person


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