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boggart

/ˈbɒɡət/
noun
1.
(Northern English, dialect) a ghost or poltergeist
Word Origin
perhaps from bog, variant of bug² + -ard
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  • "Thoud'st best lem me be, ey tell thee," replied the boggart gruffly.

    The Lancashire Witches William Harrison Ainsworth
  • He seems to unite in his person the boggart and Barguest of Yorkshire.

    The Fairy Mythology Thomas Keightley
  • But, first, suppose we leave the boggart's demesne, and pay a visit to the theatre of his strange doings.

    Lancashire Sketches Edwin Waugh
  • The narrator is the same person who told the preceding boggart story.

    The Fairy Mythology Thomas Keightley
  • He sees his brother standing outside his house, and the first minute he thinks he is seeing a boggart, Cho is in such ragged gear.

    Japanese Fairy Tales Grace James
  • While he looked the boggart vanished, and then the man took to his heels.

    Legends of Longdendale Thomas Middleton
  • We now proceed to Yorkshire, where the boggart and the Barguest used to appear in by-gone days.

    The Fairy Mythology Thomas Keightley
  • The boggart is a fairy still believed in by Staffordshire peasants.

    The Grotesque in Church Art T. Tindall Wildridge
  • But first, suppose we leave the boggart's demesne, and pay a visit to the theatre of his strange doings.

  • Then Farmer Griggs shut the door, but the boggart was on the inside.

    Pepper & Salt Howard Pyle

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