One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounNorthern English, Scottish
An evil or mischievous spirit.
- ‘‘Many an old wood,’ Edwin Waugh claimed, ‘many a retired clough and running stream, many a lonely well and ancient building is still the reputed haunt of some old local sprite or boggart.’’
- ‘So how do you tell if there are boggarts around?’
- ‘Stuart glanced at Nancy, cringed a bit under the old soldier's glare and briefly thought of denying his role in the supposed boggart that haunted Nancy's house, but he thought better of it and answered.’
- ‘One common one causing fright or dread was called in Yorkshire the boggart, in Scotland the bogle, and in England the bogey or bogeyman.’
- ‘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.’
Late 16th century: related to obsolete bog ‘bugbear’, boggle, and bogle.
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