or bar·guest

[ bahr-gest ]

  1. a legendary doglike goblin believed to portend death or misfortune.

Origin of barghest

1725–35; apparently bar(row)2 + ghest,Old English gæst, variant of gāstghost Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use barghest in a sentence

  • The word is variously written, barguest and boguest being amongst its forms.

  • He seems to unite in his person the Boggart and Barguest of Yorkshire.

    The Fairy Mythology | Thomas Keightley
  • The Barguest used also to appear in the shape of a mastiff-dog and other animals, and terrify people with his skrikes (shrieks).

    The Fairy Mythology | Thomas Keightley
  • We now proceed to Yorkshire, where the Boggart and the Barguest used to appear in by-gone days.

    The Fairy Mythology | Thomas Keightley
  • The belief in the “barguest,” now practically gone, was in comparatively recent times common enough to excite but little notice.