Definition of bogle in English:



  • 1A phantom or goblin.

    • ‘But it is difficult to approach people who are often strangers and reason that what to them might just be the soundtrack of their daily lives, is to you the equivalent of a wee bogle pulling at all your nerve tendons.’
    • ‘One common one causing fright or dread was called in Yorkshire the boggart, in Scotland the bogle, and in England the bogey or bogeyman.’
    evil spirit, ghost, spectre, phantom, hobgoblin, ogre, troll, demon, devil, fiend, sprite, witch, warlock, apparition
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    1. 1.1Scottish, Northern English A scarecrow.


Early 16th century: of unknown origin; probably related to bogey.