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phantom, devil, demon, soul, shadow, specter, vision, vampire, apparition, revenant, appearance, haunt, visitor, shade, spook, poltergeist, phantasm, wraith, daemon, manes

Nearby words

ghiordes knot, ghirlandaio, ghirlandajo, ghirsh, ghon's tubercle, ghost, ghost car, ghost cell, ghost corpuscle, ghost crab, ghost dance

Idioms

    give up the ghost,
    1. to die.
    2. to cease to function or exist.

Origin of ghost

before 900; Middle English goost (noun), Old English gāst; cognate with German Geist spirit
SYNONYMS FOR ghost
1 apparition, phantom, phantasm, wraith, revenant; shade, spook. Ghost, specter, spirit all refer to the disembodied soul of a person. A ghost is the soul or spirit of a deceased person, which appears or otherwise makes its presence known to the living: the ghost of a drowned child. A specter is a ghost or apparition of more or less weird, unearthly, or terrifying aspect: a frightening specter. Spirit is often interchangeable with ghost but may mean a supernatural being, usually with an indication of good or malign intent toward human beings: the spirit of a friend; an evil spirit.
Related formsghost·i·ly, adverbghost·like, adjectivede·ghost, verb (used with object)un·ghost·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ghost

ghost

/ (ɡəʊst) /

noun

verb

Derived Formsghostlike, adjective

Word Origin for ghost

Old English gāst; related to Old Frisian jēst, Old High German geist spirit, Sanskrit hēda fury, anger
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for ghost

ghost


n.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with ghost

ghost


In addition to the idiom beginning with ghost

  • ghost town

also see:

  • Chinaman's (ghost of a) chance
  • give up the ghost
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