- spook·i·ly, adverb
- spook·i·ness, noun
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How to use spooky in a sentence
It’s always interesting and well-directed, even when we’re fed horror cliches galore, from spooky dollhouses to things lurking in the basement.Netflix’s The Haunting of Bly Manor is a calm, loving study in how to exorcise your ghosts | Aja Romano | October 9, 2020 | Vox
Thanks to campfire tales and multimillion-dollar horror flicks, spooky notions can infiltrate our subconscious even without any real-life supernatural encounters.
In fact, “investors may be convinced that Halloween was purposely placed in October because the market’s actions can be so spooky,” CFRA’s Sam Stovall wrote in a recent note.History indicates the stock market may be heading for a strong Q4 | Anne Sraders | October 1, 2020 | Fortune
So much so that CFRA’s Stovall quips, “Investors may be convinced that Halloween was purposely placed in October because the market’s actions can be so spooky.”September was bad for investors. And watch out: October may be ‘choppier’ | Anne Sraders | September 29, 2020 | Fortune
For example, key to the quantum internet is entanglement — that “spooky action at a distance” in which particles are linked across time and space, and measuring the properties of one particle instantly reveals the other’s properties.‘Schrödinger’s Web’ offers a sneak peek at the quantum internet | Dan Garisto | September 28, 2020 | Science News
Warne looked—in the words of the Daily Mail—“like a spooky waxwork.”Happy 20th Birthday, Liz Hurley’s Safety-Pin Dress | Tim Teeman | December 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
spooky Tooth had reformed quite a while before I received the call and were touring quite often.When Gary Wright Met George Harrison: Dream Weaver, John and Yoko, and More | Gary Wright | September 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
When we all saw this, both my brothers turned to look at me in the car and pulled ‘spooky’ faces at me.Knocking on Heaven's Door: True Stories of Unexplained, Uncanny Experiences at the Hour of Death | Patricia Pearson | August 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“As much as I love sunny meadows and bunnies, I also love spooky forests with owls,” she says.The Wonderful Weirdness of Christine McConnell, Queen of Creepy Cookies | Tim Teeman | July 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Formerly a playground for Sunday school kids, it has a spooky, cloistered feel to it.
I don't believe there is anything spooky about that building.The Pony Rider Boys in Texas | Frank Gee Patchin
"I hate to go through the grove, it's so spooky," she said, as they hurried along.
And again the ghostly hoot of the owl made the little patch of woods seem more spooky and lonesome.
A lonely owl answered with a dismal shriek from a distant tree, making the night seem still more spooky.
Those were gnomes—the real spooky, spinky kind that give you the shivers up and down your back when they're out gnoming.The Pony Rider Boys on the Blue Ridge | Frank Gee Patchin
British Dictionary definitions for spooky
ghostly or eerie: a spooky house
resembling or appropriate to a ghost
US easily frightened; highly strung
- spookily, adverb
- spookiness, noun
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