Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A hobgoblin; a bogey.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A goblin; a frightful spectre or phantom; a bogy or bugbear.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A goblin; a specter; a frightful phantom; a bogy; a bugbear.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A phantom; a specter; a hobgoblin; a bogy; a bugbear.

Etymologies

Scots bogill, perhaps ultimately from Welsh bwg, ghost, hobgoblin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The doctor, who had gathered the story of the 'bogle' from Catherine, to whom

    Robert Elsmere

  • And on her way back she had seen the ghost or 'bogle' of Deep Crag; the ghost had spoken to her, and she had reached home more dead than alive, having received what she at once recognized as her death sentence.

    Robert Elsmere

  • The doctor, who had gathered the story of the 'bogle' from Catherine, to whom Jim had told it, briefly and reluctantly, and with an absolute reservation of his own views on the matter, recommended that if possible they should try and deceive her as to the date of the day and month.

    Robert Elsmere

  • And on her way back she had seen the ghost or 'bogle' of Deep Crag; the ghost had spoken to her, and she had reached home more dead than alive, having received what she at once recognised as her death sentence.

    Robert Elsmere

  • I dinna gie a proper sorting to yon twa silly jauds that gard me mak a bogle of you, and a fule of mysell — Ghaists! my certie, I sall ghaist them — If they had their heads as muckle on their wark as on their daffing, they wad play nae sic pliskies — it’s the wanton steed that scaurs at the windle-strae — Ghaists! wha e’er heard of ghaists in an honest house?

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • I suggested calling her type of angry rant a "bogle" in her honour.

    Planet Atheism

  • I tried bogle merlot the other day and it was so oaky I spit is out.

    Fred Franzia and American wine under $10 | Dr Vino's wine blog

  • Their world has random outbreak of malice what the farmers call blight bogle.

    The Sharing Knife, Volume one, Beguilement by Lois McMaster Bujold

  • The careful tailoring only made her look queerly skinny, not so much a boy as some tattie bogle set out in old clothes to scare the crows.

    LEVIATHAN

  • Do you remember how you were perpetually telling me to take care of the bogle, and keep away from its haunts? —

    Saint Ronan's Well

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