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or bar·guest

[ bahr-gest ]
/ ˈbɑr gɛst /


a legendary doglike goblin believed to portend death or misfortune.

Nearby words

bargee, bargello, bargeman, bargepole, bargestone, barghest, bargoon, barhop, bari, bari delle puglie, bariatric

Origin of barghest

1725–35; apparently bar(row)2 + ghest, Old English gæst, variant of gāst ghost Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for barghest

  • The barghest was essentially a nocturnal spectre, and its appearance was regarded as a portent of death.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3|Various
  • The barghest has a kinsman in the Rongeur d'Os of Norman folklore.