poltergeist

[ pohl-ter-gahyst ]
/ ˈpoʊl tərˌgaɪst /

noun

a ghost or spirit supposed to manifest its presence by noises, knockings, etc.

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Origin of poltergeist

1840–50; <German Poltergeist, equivalent to polter(n) to make noise, knock, rattle + Geistghost
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British Dictionary definitions for poltergeist

poltergeist
/ (ˈpɒltəˌɡaɪst) /

noun

a spirit believed to manifest its presence by rappings and other noises and also by acts of mischief, such as throwing furniture about

Word Origin for poltergeist

C19: from German, from poltern to be noisy + Geist ghost
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