adjective, ghost·li·er, ghost·li·est.

of, characteristic of, or resembling a ghost; phantasmal; spectral.
Literary. spiritual.

Origin of ghostly

before 900; Middle English; Old English gāstlīc. See ghost, -ly
Related formsghost·li·ness, nounun·ghost·ly, adjective

Synonyms for ghostly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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adjective -lier or -liest

of or resembling a ghost; spectrala ghostly face appeared at the window
suggesting the presence of ghosts; eerie
archaic of or relating to the soul or spirit
Derived Formsghostliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for ghostliness



Old English gastlic "spiritual, holy; clerical;" also "ghostly, spectral, pertaining to or characteristic of a ghost;" see ghost + -ly (1). Related: Ghostliness.

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