Definition of ghoulish in English:



  • 1Resembling or characteristic of a ghoul.

    ‘a ghoulish mask’
    • ‘Usually, the Salem native is called upon to make people look good, not ghoulish.’
    • ‘Sure, the red monk is an appropriately ghoulish fiend; but this is really more of a quirky detective story than a horror film.’
    • ‘Also in the store was Cher, who purchased some devilish goods including containers of face paint to create a garish, ghoulish glow.’
    • ‘These emerge from the grass looking like some ghoulish knuckle.’
    • ‘Telephone users in the city these days have been treated to a sound resembling a ghoulish wail.’
    • ‘The shocks were accompanied by a ghoulish rumbling noise that was terrifying to those who heard it.’
    • ‘Hobbes and Darien confront a ghoulish hit man who blinds any witnesses to the killings.’
    • ‘Ghoulish creatures climbed over each other behind the knight.’
    • ‘You wonder if they just thought a particularly large group of rather ghoulish tourists had turned up.’
    • ‘They don't even bother with a scary laugh or ghoulish shriek.’
    • ‘Willem Dafoe exudes creepy coolness as Max Schreck, the ghoulish actor whose vampiric tendencies may just be the real deal.’
    • ‘His early tempera-and-ink paintings depicting ghoulish figures firmly situate him in the postwar European figurative art scene.’
    • ‘Some demonstrators wore ghoulish masks as they stuck a green banner to a police barricade at the farm's entrance.’
    • ‘Up to now they have scraped a living by producing ghoulish dolls.’
    • ‘They make the film interesting and do their best to be horrified gristle for the ghoulish girl out to exact revenge on them.’
    • ‘The show was based on the work of Charles Addams, whose cartoon creations about this ghoulish family appeared regularly in the New Yorker.’
    • ‘Other effects excel, such as the ghoulish twins and their transporter beam shenanigans.’
    • ‘As an example, a counselor painted with makeup to appear ghoulish - perhaps as part of Carnival - may no longer be entirely appropriate.’
    • ‘Many couples that park their cars near the graveyard to make out find themselves at the mercy of these ghoulish ghosts.’
    • ‘There are even some scary werewolves and other ghoulish creatures to battle.’
    macabre, grisly, gruesome, grotesque, ghastly, morbid
    unhealthy, perverted, death-obsessed, morbid, black
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  • 2Morbidly interested in death or disaster.

    ‘she told the story with ghoulish relish’
    • ‘Her gossamer spirit clings to the gales, another ghoulish mist chilling the Chinese countryside.’
    • ‘Aiello says the ghoulish graveyard thefts would have been unthinkable in an earlier age.’
    • ‘Even the publicity for the exhibition plays up a ghoulish fascination with medieval atrocities.’
    • ‘Holidays don't come much more ghoulish than this.’
    • ‘This is a ghoulish exploitation of a great tragedy.’
    • ‘There is a ghoulish legend attached to the house.’
    • ‘Within hours of the disaster, a number of ghoulish items began appearing on eBay.’
    • ‘Lights, staging, and the variety of ghoulish gadgetry are all as I remember, and in some cases technology has improved on them.’
    • ‘Whether you are tramping through muddy forests, mysterious tunnels or misty waters, the locations drip with ghoulish detail.’
    • ‘The plundering of body parts of radiation victims reached ghoulish proportions.’
    • ‘The most ghoulish mass murderer in history has been in a coma for ten years.’
    • ‘The man they made this ghoulish request to is a key figure in the Limerick underworld.’
    • ‘For the past hour, he had been picking up the dead, and the ghoulish task had the effect of a nightmare.’
    • ‘It keeps the ghoulish gore while adding hilarious physical comedy and some classic one liners.’
    • ‘The story of what happens next has been told innumerable times, to the point of having become a ghoulish soap opera.’
    • ‘In a ghoulish gallery, Bart hosts three bloodcurdling tales of Halloween horror.’
    • ‘Chimneys dot the landscape like diseased tree-trunks supporting ghoulish branches of black smoke.’
    • ‘I comment with amusement on the slightly ghoulish relish with which he is approaching the experiment.’
    • ‘The interest in death which had always permeated his work now re-emerged, transformed from the ghoulish into the pensive.’
    • ‘This ghoulish history is irrelevant to Harley riders - their aim is to be photographed by the huge sign at company HQ.’