from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Variant of barghest.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A kind of hobgoblin, spirit, or ghost believed in in the north of England, whose appearance to any one is supposed to prognosticate death or some great calamity.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
Dale ran into the study, forgetting the crowbar. barguest
Thinking ofBeowulf, he looked back at the word “barguest.”
The barguest is an apparition, taking usually the form of a big black dog with saucer eyes.
Drake, in his _Eboracum_, says (p. 7, Appendix), "I have been so frightened with stories of the barguest when I was a child, that I cannot help throwing away an etymology upon it.