Definition of ghoul noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɡuːl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡuːl//
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  1. 1 (in stories) an evil spirit that opens graves and eats the dead bodies in them
  2. 2(disapproving) a person who is too interested in unpleasant things such as death and disaster
  3. Word Originlate 18th cent.: from Arabic ġūl, a desert demon believed to rob graves and devour corpses.
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