- a word that has come into existence by error rather than by normal linguistic transmission, as through the mistaken reading of a manuscript, a scribal error, or a misprint.
Origin of ghost word
First recorded in 1885–90
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Examples from the Web for ghost word
But it is unrecorded in literature and labours under the suspicion of being a ghost-word.The Romance of Words (4th ed.)
- a word that has entered the language through the perpetuation, in dictionaries, etc, of an error
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