spooky

[ spoo-kee ]
/ ˈspu ki /

adjective, spook·i·er, spook·i·est. Informal.

like or befitting a spook or ghost; suggestive of spooks.
eerie; scary.
(especially of horses) nervous; skittish.

Nearby words

  1. spontoon,
  2. spoof,
  3. spoofery,
  4. spoofing,
  5. spook,
  6. spool,
  7. spoom,
  8. spoon,
  9. spoon back,
  10. spoon bow

Origin of spooky

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55; spook + -y1

Related formsspook·i·ly, adverbspook·i·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for spookiness

spooky

/ (ˈspuːkɪ) /

adjective spookier or spookiest informal

ghostly or eeriea spooky house
resembling or appropriate to a ghost
US easily frightened; highly strung
Derived Formsspookily, adverbspookiness, noun

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Word Origin and History for spookiness

spooky

adj.

1854, "frightening;" 1926, "easily frightened," from spook (v.) + -y (2). Related: Spookily; spookiness.

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