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.

Origin of spooky

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55; spook + -y1
Related formsspook·i·ly, adverbspook·i·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for spooky

Contemporary Examples of spooky

Historical Examples of spooky

  • "I hate to go through the grove, it's so spooky," she said, as they hurried along.

    Tom Slade with the Colors

    Percy K. Fitzhugh

  • “What a horrid, spooky place,” she spoke with a shiver, peering within.

    Mountain Blood

    Joseph Hergesheimer

  • Feel how the bridge shakes in the wind; it's kind of spooky like, hey?

    Roy Blakeley's Camp on Wheels

    Percy Keese Fitzhugh

  • We'll make the whole thing as spooky and mysterious as we can.

  • It was spooky in the rooms upstairs, and equally spooky in the ones downstairs.

    The Goose Man

    Jacob Wassermann

British Dictionary definitions for spooky


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 spooky

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

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