verb (used with object)
- to suddenly end all contact with (a person) without explanation, especially in a romantic relationship:The guy I’ve been dating ghosted me.
- to leave (a social event or gathering) suddenly without saying goodbye:My friend ghosted my birthday party.
verb (used without object)
- to suddenly end all contact with a person without explanation, especially in a romantic relationship:They dated for a month and then she ghosted.
- to leave a social event or gathering suddenly without saying goodbye:I'm getting tired so I think I might just ghost.
- to die.
- to cease to function or exist.
Origin of ghost
Synonyms for ghost
Related Words for ghostphantom, devil, demon, soul, shadow, specter, vision, vampire, apparition, revenant, appearance, haunt, visitor, shade, spook, poltergeist, phantasm, wraith, daemon, manes
Examples from the Web for ghost
Contemporary Examples of ghost
The well, ghost or no ghost, is certainly a piece of history with a bold presence.
Now, she says, her coworkers are actively pranking each other and blaming it on the ghost.
First, the ghost of his departed partner, Jacob Marley, comes calling, his face emerging from the doorknob.How Dickens and Scrooge Saved Christmas
December 22, 2014
As Monday turned to Tuesday morning, five hostages had escaped and the Central Business District had turned into a ghost town.Jihadi Siege in Sydney Ends in Gunfight
Courtney Subramanian, Lennox Samuels, Chris Allbritton
December 15, 2014
The ghost writer in question is assumed to be one Siobhan Curham—an established author of both YA and adult fiction.Meet Zoella—The Newbie Author Whose Book Sales Topped J.K. Rowling
December 11, 2014
Historical Examples of ghost
"Mr. Bines has seen a ghost," said the sharp-eyed Mrs. Drelmer.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
A ghost of color was going up her throat, staining her cheeks.Way of the Lawless
Girls, do you remember the dinner we gave here after the ghost party?Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
She looked as if she had seen a ghost—closed her eyes, even reeled.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
"It is a blessing," said Renmark, with the ghost of a smile about his lips.In the Midst of Alarms
- a faint secondary image produced by an optical system
- a similar image on a television screen, formed by reflection of the transmitting waves or by a defect in the receiver
- to die
- (of a machine) to stop working
Word Origin for ghost
Old English gast "soul, spirit, life, breath; good or bad spirit, angel, demon," from Proto-Germanic *ghoizdoz (cf. Old Saxon gest, Old Frisian jest, Middle Dutch gheest, Dutch geest, German Geist "spirit, ghost"), from PIE root *gheis- "to be excited, amazed, frightened" (cf. Sanskrit hedah "wrath;" Avestan zaesha- "horrible, frightful;" Gothic usgaisjan, Old English gæstan "to frighten"). This was the usual West Germanic word for "supernatural being," and the primary sense seems to have been connected to the idea of "to wound, tear, pull to pieces." The surviving Old English senses, however, are in Christian writing, where it is used to render Latin spiritus, a sense preserved in Holy Ghost. Modern sense of "disembodied spirit of a dead person" is attested from late 14c. and returns the word toward its ancient sense.
Most Indo-European words for "soul, spirit" also double with reference to supernatural spirits. Many have a base sense of "appearance" (e.g. Greek phantasma; French spectre; Polish widmo, from Old Church Slavonic videti "to see;" Old English scin, Old High German giskin, originally "appearance, apparition," related to Old English scinan, Old High German skinan "to shine"). Other concepts are in French revenant, literally "returning" (from the other world), Old Norse aptr-ganga, literally "back-comer." Breton bugelnoz is literally "night-child." Latin manes probably is a euphemism.
The gh- spelling appeared early 15c. in Caxton, influenced by Flemish and Middle Dutch gheest, but was rare in English before mid-16c. Sense of "slight suggestion" (in ghost image, ghost of a chance, etc.) is first recorded 1610s; that in ghost writing is from 1884, but that term is not found until 1919. Ghost town is from 1908. To give up the ghost "die" was in Old English. Ghost in the machine was Gilbert Ryle's term (1949) for "the mind viewed as separate from the body."
In addition to the idiom beginning with ghost
- ghost town
- Chinaman's (ghost of a) chance
- give up the ghost