ghoulish

[ goo-lish ]
/ ˈgu lɪʃ /

adjective

strangely diabolical or cruel; monstrous: a ghoulish and questionable sense of humor.
showing fascination with death, disease, maiming, etc.; morbid: ghoulish curiosity.
of, relating to, or like a ghoul or ghouls.

Nearby words

  1. ghostly,
  2. ghosts,
  3. ghostwrite,
  4. ghostwriter,
  5. ghoul,
  6. ghoulishly,
  7. ghq,
  8. ghrelin,
  9. ghrf,
  10. ghyll

Origin of ghoulish

First recorded in 1835–45; ghoul + -ish1

Related formsghoul·ish·ly, adverbghoul·ish·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for ghoulish

ghoulish

/ (ˈɡuːlɪʃ) /

adjective

of or relating to ghouls; morbid or disgusting; unhealthily interested in death
Derived Formsghoulishly, adverbghoulishness, noun

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Word Origin and History for ghoulish

ghoulish

adj.

1840, from ghoul + -ish. Related: Ghoulishly; ghoulishness.

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