Origin of phantom
Synonyms for phantom
Antonyms for phantom
Examples from the Web for phantomlike
Historical Examples of phantomlike
Confetti tangled in coppery hair, a wilful mouth, fragrantly painted, and phantomlike swans on a black lake.The Three Black Pennys
When we had covered a mile or so of the plain, our phantomlike escort crossed the pass, and came full gallop down the hill.
There came out of the mist a long procession of grey, phantomlike figures, each one leading a pony.
Their thoughts are phantomlike; like shadows, they continually escape their grasp.The Verbalist
Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
- an apparition or spectre
- (as modifier)a phantom army marching through the sky
Word Origin for phantom
c.1300, fantum "illusion, unreality," from Old French fantosme (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *fantauma, from Latin phantasma "an apparition" (see phantasm). The ph- was restored in English late 16c. (see ph). Meaning "specter, spirit, ghost" is attested from late 14c.; that of "something having the form, but not the substance, of a real thing" is from 1707. As an adjective from early 15c.