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.
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Idioms for ghost
- to die.
- to cease to function or exist.
Origin of ghost
synonym study for ghost
OTHER WORDS FROM ghostghost·i·ly, adverbghost·like, adjectivede·ghost, verb (used with object)un·ghost·like, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for ghost
How the thin wisps of spray, like so much smoke, shot up through the darkness, white and ghostlike!The Rival Campers Afloat|Ruel Perley Smith
A white owl that lived in the ivy that covered the north side of the house floated, ghostlike, through the gathering darkness.Yorkshire Oddities, Incidents and Strange Events|S. Baring-Gould
Red lights and green lights on ghostlike shadows dotted the stretch of foggy water.The Wasted Generation|Owen Johnson
The same almost ghostlike stillness continued, orders were passed backward and forward in whispers.Mysterious Mr. Sabin|E. Phillips Oppenheim
In two minutes more the carriage halted again, before a building which looked white and ghostlike through the mist.Night and Morning, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
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 forms of ghostghostlike, 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