- Informal. a ghost; specter.
- Slang. a ghostwriter.
- Slang. an eccentric person.
- Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a black person.
- Slang. an espionage agent; spy.
- to haunt; inhabit or appear in or to as a ghost or specter.
- Informal. to frighten; scare.
- Informal. to become frightened or scared: The fish spooked at any disturbance in the pool.
Origin of spook
Examples from the Web for spooked
Contemporary Examples of 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
December 4, 2014
No accident in the history of aviation has so spooked people around the world.
No accident in history of flying has ever spooked as many people.
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
October 15, 2013
Global corporate investors, whose intellectual capital is crucial for Israeli entrepreneurship, will be spooked.Fischer King Departs
January 31, 2013
Historical Examples of spooked
- a ghost or a person suggestive of this
- US and Canadian a spy
- Southern African slang any pale or colourless alcoholic spiritspook and diesel
- to frightento spook horses; to spook a person
- (of a ghost) to haunt
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.