from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A specter, goblin, or bogy, especially one supposed to haunt a particular spot.
  • noun Any object, real or imaginary, at which a horse shies.
  • noun Figuratively, a bug-bear; a thing of fear.
  • noun The hellgrammite.
  • noun A privy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Local, Eng. A bogey.

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  • noun archaic A ghost or goblin.


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  • An alternative form of boggart, as you'd expect, but according to the O.E.D. also an old (c. 16th & 17th Century) term for a privy.

    January 12, 2009