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spook definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: someone unpleasantly strange or eccentric [syn: creep, weirdo, weirdie, weirdy, spook]
2: a mental representation of some haunting experience; "he looked like he had seen a ghost"; "it aroused specters from his past" [syn: ghost, shade, spook, wraith, specter, spectre] v
1: frighten or scare, and often provoke into a violent action; "The noise spooked the horse"

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Etymology: Dutch; akin to Middle Low German sp?k ghost Date: 1801 1. ghost, specter 2. an undercover agent ; spy spookish adjective II. verb Date: 1883 transitive verb 1. haunt 3 2. to make frightened or frantic ; scare; especially to startle into violent activity (as stampeding) intransitive verb to become spooked <cattle spooking at shadows>

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. 1 colloq. a ghost. 2 US sl. a spy. --v. US sl. 1 tr. frighten, unnerve, alarm. 2 intr. take fright, become alarmed. Etymology: Du., = MLG spok, of unkn. orig.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Spook Spook, n. [D. spook; akin to G. spuk, Sw. sp["o]ke, Dan. sp["o]gelse a specter, sp["o]ge to play, sport, joke, sp["o]g a play, joke.] 1. A spirit; a ghost; an apparition; a hobgoblin. [Written also spuke.] --Ld. Lytton. 2. (Zo["o]l.) The chim[ae]ra.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(spooks, spooking, spooked) 1. A spook is a ghost. (INFORMAL) N-COUNT 2. A spook is a spy. (AM INFORMAL) ...as a US intelligence spook said yesterday. N-COUNT 3. If people are spooked, something has scared them or made them nervous. (mainly AM) But was it the wind that spooked her?... Investors were spooked by slowing economies. VERB: V n, V n spooked He was so spooked that he, too, began to believe that he heard strange clicks and noises on their telephones. ADJ: v-link ADJ

Moby Thesaurus

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