doppelgänger

or Doppelgänger

[ dop-uh l-gang-er; German daw-puh l-geng-er ]
/ ˈdɒp əlˌgæŋ ər; German ˈdɔ pəlˌgɛŋ ər /

noun

a ghostly double or counterpart of a living person.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. dopester,
  2. dopey,
  3. dopiaza,
  4. doping,
  5. doppelganger,
  6. dopper,
  7. doppio,
  8. doppler,
  9. doppler echocardiography,
  10. doppler effect

Origin of doppelgänger

1850–55; < German: literally, double-walker

Also called doubleganger.

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British Dictionary definitions for doppelganger

doppelgänger

/ (ˈdɒpəlˌɡɛŋə, German ˈdɔpəlˌɡɛŋər) /

noun

legend a ghostly duplicate of a living person

Word Origin for doppelgänger

from German Doppelgänger, literally: double-goer

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Word Origin and History for doppelganger

doppelganger

n.

1830, from German Doppelgänger, literally "double-goer," originally with a ghostly sense. See double + gang (n.). Sometimes half-anglicized as doubleganger.

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