Definition of boggart in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbɒɡət/

Entry from British & World English dictionary


Scottish & Northern English
An evil or mischievous spirit.
Example sentences
  • 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.


Late 16th century: related to obsolete bog 'bugbear', boggle, and bogle.

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