1An evil spirit or phantom, especially one supposed to rob graves and feed on dead bodies.
More example sentences
- 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.
late 18th century: from Arabic ġūl, a desert demon believed to rob graves and devour corpses.
Definition of ghoul in:
- The US English dictionary