Nearby words

  1. ghiordes knot,
  2. ghirlandaio,
  3. ghirlandajo,
  4. ghirsh,
  5. ghon's tubercle,
  6. ghost car,
  7. ghost cell,
  8. ghost corpuscle,
  9. ghost crab,
  10. 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

noun

the disembodied spirit of a dead person, supposed to haunt the living as a pale or shadowy vision; phantomRelated adjective: spectral
a haunting memorythe ghost of his former life rose up before him
a faint trace or possibility of something; glimmera ghost of a smile
the spirit; soul (archaic, except in the phrase the Holy Ghost)
physics
  1. a faint secondary image produced by an optical system
  2. a similar image on a television screen, formed by reflection of the transmitting waves or by a defect in the receiver
Also called: ghost edition an entry recorded in a bibliography of which no actual proof exists
Another name for ghostwriterSee ghostwrite
(modifier) falsely recorded as doing a particular job or fulfilling a particular function in order that some benefit, esp money, may be obtaineda ghost worker
give up the ghost
  1. to die
  2. (of a machine) to stop working

verb

(tr) to haunt
(intr) to move effortlessly and smoothly, esp unnoticedhe ghosted into the penalty area
Derived Formsghostlike, adjective

Word Origin for ghost

Old English gāst; related to Old Frisian jēst, Old High German geist spirit, Sanskrit hēda fury, anger

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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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