- Northern English dialect a ghost or poltergeist
perhaps from bog, variant of bug ² + -ard
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Examples from the Web for boggart
He seems to unite in his person the Boggart and Barguest of Yorkshire.
The narrator is the same person who told the preceding Boggart story.
While he looked the boggart vanished, and then the man took to his heels.
I can remember the old woman during her lifetime, and the boggart is just like her.
The Boggart is a fairy still believed in by Staffordshire peasants.The Grotesque in Church Art
T. Tindall Wildridge