Meaning of ghoul in English:


Pronunciation /ɡuːl/

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  • 1An evil spirit or phantom, especially one supposed to rob graves and feed on dead bodies.

    ‘Ghosts, ghouls, and spirits floated about and chatted with old friends, vampires lurked frighteningly close, and werewolves paced from along the walls.’
    • ‘A slight shudder slid over him, footsteps on his grave, a shadowy ghoul with its gargoyle grin threatening to exhume long-buried corpses.’
    • ‘The ghoul's upper body split into two pieces with a cracking and splintering of bone.’
    • ‘Staff at a number of bars and hotels dressed for the occasion and ghosts, ghouls and goblins traipsed through the streets and shadows.’
    • ‘Simon, who will be dressed in authentic Victorian costume, will talk about heroes and villains, hauntings and murders, and phantoms and ghouls.’
    • ‘For you might find things that can get more dangerous than ghouls or spirits - humans with not so good intentions.’
    • ‘Witches, goblins, ghosts, ghouls and some gothic mums and dads were among an estimated 9,000 crowd that turned out for what is believed to be the country's largest Halloween party.’
    • ‘A host of witches, goblins, ghouls and monsters descended on Carlow town centre last week as the central library held its children's Halloween fancy dress show.’
    • ‘There must be strange entities materializing from the ether, ghouls, ghosts, or spirits hanging out in the material world to warn or haunt us.’
    • ‘All Hallows Eve is just around the corner, where ghouls, goblins, witches and vampires are ready to come out.’
    • ‘There are ghouls and goblins everywhere and the toilet seat is a demon.’
    • ‘Hallowe'en traditionally serves up a tasty portion of cinematic ghouls and goblins, and this year is no different.’
    • ‘The rain had kept many away, but the skeletons, goblins and ghouls considered it a minor obstacle.’
    • ‘Add to that all the hallowe'en tales of ghouls & goblins and the bangs of fireworks and it's hardly surprising that some people don't like this time of year at all.’
    • ‘If they insist on dressing up as goblins and ghouls to visit friends and neighbours, they should do so next Saturday - a day early.’
    • ‘The undead come in all shapes and sizes, from regular old ghouls to nasty crimson zombies that brandish razor-sharp claws and run faster than the characters.’
    • ‘During the commercial, they showed ghosts and ghouls jump out of cornfields and scare the children that are being pulled around the haunted site by a tractor.’
    • ‘The people dress up as ghouls, ghosts, mummies and skeletons.’
    • ‘He was the type to believe in ghouls and monsters, and sneezing bushes were definitely not something he encountered often.’
    • ‘All the while he uses his sword to clear his path of ghouls, skeletons and all sorts of unyielding dead things.’
    meddler, interferer, mischief-maker, troublemaker, gossip, scandalmonger, muckraker, eavesdropper, intruder, ghoul, gawker
  • 2A person morbidly interested in death or disaster.

    • ‘I see them as ghouls preying on the death and misery of other people to earn money and fame or convert others to their silly superstitions.’


Late 18th century from Arabic ġūl, a desert demon believed to rob graves and devour corpses.