Definition of boggart in English:



Scottish, Northern English
  • An evil or mischievous spirit.

    • ‘During the festival, local residents and businesses will take part in a competition to decorate their homes, gardens and shop fronts with home made boggarts, wood spirits, elves, hobs and faeries.’
    • ‘They all looked so authoritative when flicking their wands to dismiss boggarts, poltergeists and other pests.’
    • ‘One common one causing fright or dread was called in Yorkshire the boggart, in Scotland the bogle, and in England the bogey or bogeyman.’
    • ‘So how do you tell if there are boggarts around?’
    • ‘Stuart glanced at Nancy, cringed a bit under the old soldier's glare and briefly thought of denying his role in the supposed boggart that haunted Nancy's house, but he thought better of it and answered.’
    • ‘‘Many an old wood,’ Edwin Waugh claimed, ‘many a retired clough and running stream, many a lonely well and ancient building is still the reputed haunt of some old local sprite or boggart.’’


Late 16th century related to obsolete bog ‘bugbear’, boggle, and bogle.