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
ghoulishplay \ˈgü-lish\ adjective
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 of ghoul from the Web
Javier Bardem joins the cast as vengeful Captain Salazar who leads the ghouls.
They are joined by Sparrow and pursued by old and new enemies: the British Navy; the greedy pirate Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush); and an army of ghouls led by the spectral Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), known as the butcher of the sea.
World War Z author Max Brooks will be speaking on two panels — one on the history of the modern ghoul with zombie neuroscientist Bradley Voytek and another on surviving a zombie apocalypse (Brooks’ specialty).
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Origin and Etymology of ghoul
First Known Use: 1786See Words from the same year
GHOUL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ghoul for English Language Learners
: an evil creature in frightening stories that robs graves and eats dead bodies
GHOUL Defined for Kids
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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