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 formsghost·i·ly, adverbghost·like, adjectivede·ghost, verb (used with object)un·ghost·like, adjective
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
Derived Formsghostlike, adjective
Word Origin for ghost
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