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
Examples from the Web for 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.
As Monday turned to Tuesday morning, five hostages had escaped and the Central Business District had turned into a ghost town.
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|Lucy Scholes|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I am indebted to Mr. Williams, schoolmaster, Bryneglwys, for the history of this Ghost.Welsh Folk-Lore|Elias Owen
I never did think much about a ghost, but I think it could be possible.Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves|Work Projects Administration
Occasionally she met him in the hall; he drifted past her like a ghost.The Californians|Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
Snakes which haunt a sacred place are themselves sacred, because they belong to or actually embody the ghost.
This seclusion lasts so long as the ghost is supposed to be still on his way to the other world.
British Dictionary definitions for ghost
- 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
Word Origin and History 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."
Idioms and Phrases with ghost
In addition to the idiom beginning with ghost
- ghost town
- Chinaman's (ghost of a) chance
- give up the ghost