ghosting

[ goh-sting ]
/ ˈgoʊ stɪŋ /

noun

Television. the appearance of multiple images, or ghosts, on a television screen.
Informal.
  1. the practice of suddenly ending all contact with a person without explanation, especially in a romantic relationship:He was a victim of ghosting.
  2. Also called French goodbye, Irish goodbye. the act of leaving a social event or engagement suddenly without saying goodbye:Ghosting might be the best option if we want to get home before midnight.
Digital Technology. the removal of comments, threads, or other content from a website or online forum without informing the poster, keeping them hidden from the public but still visible to the poster.

Origin of ghosting

Definition for ghosting (2 of 2)

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 forms

ghost·i·ly, adverbghost·like, adjectivede·ghost, verb (used with object)un·ghost·like, adjective
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Examples from the Web for ghosting

  • Unlike most government officials, he wrote well, even when ghosting.

    An American in Full|Jonathan Alter|December 14, 2010|DAILY BEAST
  • There was no second thought in her mind when she first declined the ghosting, and afterwards undertook the part.

    Orley Farm|Anthony Trollope

British Dictionary definitions for ghosting

ghost

/ (ɡəʊst) /

noun


verb

Derived Forms

ghostlike, 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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Idioms and Phrases with ghosting

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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