ghoul

noun \ ˈgül \
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

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

ghoulish

play \ˈgü-lish\ adjective

ghoulishly

adverb

ghoulishness

noun

Examples of ghoul in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of ghoul

Arabic ghūl


GHOUL Defined for English Language Learners

ghoul

noun

Definition of ghoul for English Language Learners

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


GHOUL Defined for Kids

ghoul

noun \ ˈgül \

Definition of ghoul for Students

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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