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Etymology 1[edit]

Variation of gast, from Middle English gasten, from Old English gāstan (to meditate) and gǣstan (to gast, frighten, afflict, torment). More at gast. Spelling influenced by ghost.


ghast (third-person singular simple present ghasts, present participle ghasting, simple past and past participle ghasted)

  1. Alternative form of gast
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Etymology 2[edit]

Poetic abbreviation of ghastly. Use as a noun influenced by ghost.


ghast (comparative more ghast, superlative most ghast)

  1. Having a ghastly appearance; weird.


ghast (plural ghasts)

  1. (fantasy) An evil spirit or monster; a ghoul.
    • 2000, Philip Pullman, The Amber Spyglass:
      The cliff-ghast wrenched off the fox's head, and fought his brothers for the entrails.
    • 2007, Ian Irvine, Runcible Jones & the Buried City:
      The most powerful of all undead creatures, ghasts feed on ghosts, dead souls and, most especially, live ones. They want to take over Iltior and set up a ghast empire.