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[spoo-kee] /ˈspu ki/
adjective, spookier, spookiest. Informal.
like or befitting a spook or ghost; suggestive of spooks.
eerie; scary.
(especially of horses) nervous; skittish.
Origin of spooky
An Americanism dating back to 1850-55; spook + -y1
Related forms
spookily, adverb
spookiness, noun Unabridged
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  • "I hate to go through the grove, it's so spooky," she said, as they hurried along.

    Tom Slade with the Colors Percy K. Fitzhugh
  • “What a horrid, spooky place,” she spoke with a shiver, peering within.

    Mountain Blood Joseph Hergesheimer
  • Feel how the bridge shakes in the wind; it's kind of spooky like, hey?

    Roy Blakeley's Camp on Wheels Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • We'll make the whole thing as spooky and mysterious as we can.

    Paul and the Printing Press Sara Ware Bassett
  • It was spooky in the rooms upstairs, and equally spooky in the ones downstairs.

    The Goose Man Jacob Wassermann
British Dictionary definitions for spooky


adjective (informal) spookier, spookiest
ghostly or eerie: a spooky house
resembling or appropriate to a ghost
(US) easily frightened; highly strung
Derived Forms
spookily, adverb
spookiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for spooky

1854, "frightening;" 1926, "easily frightened," from spook (v.) + -y (2). Related: Spookily; spookiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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