Barghest definition

bärgĕst
A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
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(eng. folklore) A doglike goblin whose appearance supposedly foreshadows death or bad luck.
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(UK) A legendary monstrous black dog, said to possess large teeth and claws and (sometimes) to be capable of changing form.
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(UK) Any ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
barghest
Plural:
barghests

Origin of barghest

  • bar (perhaps from barrow) ghest ghost (dialectal variant of ghost)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Disputed; perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).

    From Wiktionary