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boggart

noun
  1. Northern English dialect a ghost or poltergeist
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Word Origin for boggart

perhaps from bog, variant of bug ² + -ard
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Historical Examples of boggart

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

    The Fairy Mythology

    Thomas Keightley

  • The narrator is the same person who told the preceding Boggart story.

    The Fairy Mythology

    Thomas Keightley

  • While he looked the boggart vanished, and then the man took to his heels.

    Legends of Longdendale

    Thomas Middleton

  • I can remember the old woman during her lifetime, and the boggart is just like her.

    Legends of Longdendale

    Thomas Middleton

  • The Boggart is a fairy still believed in by Staffordshire peasants.

    The Grotesque in Church Art

    T. Tindall Wildridge