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 ghostlike
Two varieties only of humanity could have entered the paddock with the ghostlike glide of that mysterious figure.Far from the Madding Crowd|Thomas Hardy
It was the sight of a German plane, spectral and ghostlike, sailing serenely along in a dazzling sea of light.Don Hale with the Flying Squadron|W. Crispin Sheppard
The ghostlike shadowy columns moved slowly with the deliberate consciousness of power.The Clansman|Thomas Dixon
I also, ghostlike, have paced round the haunts of my childhood.The Martian|George Du Maurier
Merwell screamed loud and long and an echo came back that was weird and ghostlike.Dave Porter on Cave Island|Edward Stratemeyer
British Dictionary definitions for ghostlike
- 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 ghostlike
In addition to the idiom beginning with ghost
- ghost town
- Chinaman's (ghost of a) chance
- give up the ghost