from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A Scotch form of ghost.


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  • But whaur does the "ghaist" come intil the story? 'inquired the speaker in conclusion.

    Border Ghost Stories

  • "As a 'ghaist' should be -- where a 'ghaist' ought to be -- why, you little fool, you talk as if the manners and customs of ghosts had been familiar to you from your infancy!

    The Woman in White

  • “You must take your chance of the ghaist, man,” said

    Quentin Durward

  • And when my gudesire came forward, Sir Robert, or his ghaist, or the deevil in his likeness, said,


  • “Are not you,” said Mrs. Dods, opening her eyes a little as she spoke, “the ghaist of Francis Tirl?”

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • Crouched under the 'cauld drift,' she recalls every image of horror - 'the yellow-wymed ask,' 'the hairy adder,' 'the auld moon-bowing tyke,' 'the ghaist at e'en,'

    Shirley, by Charlotte Bronte

  • “Arl in white — as a ghaist should be,” answered the ghost-seer, with a confidence beyond his years.

    The Woman in White

  • 'Onnyway, naethin' came o't, 'continued Ringan, imbibing thoughtfully from his glass,' but what I'm thinkin 'the noo is that aiblins anither ghaist-gliff micht do a body I ken o' a guid turn. '

    Border Ghost Stories

  • 'It's a gey an' useful thing a ghaist, 'said Ringan meditatively.

    Border Ghost Stories

  • 'It's either the storm, or aiblins a ghaist, or else some one's playin' tricks on baith o 'us.'

    Border Ghost Stories


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