verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of spook
Examples from the Web for spooked
But their weapons are becomingly increasingly obsolete—and that has some in the U.S. Air Force spooked.Pentagon Worries That Russia Can Now Outshoot U.S. Stealth Jets|Dave Majumdar|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
No accident in history of flying has ever spooked as many people.
No accident in the history of aviation has so spooked people around the world.
Or perhaps when I dropped the word “legal,” the people behind WeedPortal.com got spooked.You Can Buy Pot Here: WeedPortal.com and Marijuana’s Lawless Online Frontier|Abby Haglage|October 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Global corporate investors, whose intellectual capital is crucial for Israeli entrepreneurship, will be spooked.
He spooked at imagined noises and thudding rain and the dry creaking of the old house as he toweled off and dressed.Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town|Cory Doctorow
Jed looked quickly at Cal when he told him how the colonists had spooked, bolted in panic.Eight Keys to Eden|Mark Irvin Clifton
verb (tr) US and Canadian
Word Origin for spook
1801, from Dutch spook, from Middle Dutch spooc "spook, ghost," from a common Germanic source (cf. German Spuk "ghost, apparition," Middle Low German spok "spook," Swedish spok "scarecrow," Norwegian spjok "ghost, specter," Danish spøg "joke"), of unknown origin. Possible outside connections include Lettish spigana "dragon, witch," spiganis "will o' the wisp," Lithuanian spingu, spingeti "to shine," Old Prussian spanksti "spark."
Meaning "undercover agent" is attested from 1942. The derogatory racial sense of "black person" is attested from 1940s, perhaps from notion of dark skin being difficult to see at night. Black pilots trained at Tuskegee Institute during World War II called themselves the Spookwaffe.
1867, "to walk or act like a ghost," from spook (n.). Meaning "to unnerve" is from 1935. Related: Spooked; spooking.