- an apparition of a living person supposed to portend his or her death.
- a visible spirit.
Origin of wraith
Examples from the Web for wraith
Contemporary Examples of wraith
Eulálio ends up being an idol, a wraith who, at 150, is not quite dead and not quite living.This Week’s Hot Reads: Dec. 17, 2012
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Historical Examples of wraith
In the strange illumination of the search beams he seemed the wraith of a scarecrow.Slaves of Mercury
Across the stair she wavered, a wraith blown across the gulf of time.Melomaniacs
They had him, but it was like getting hold of an apparition, a wraith, a portent.Lord Jim
Was she a woman or a wraith, this slender thing swaying in the candle-light?Glory of Youth
This apparition of a friend has in the Scotch wraith, or Irish fetch its counterpart.Welsh Folk-Lore
- the apparition of a person living or thought to be alive, supposed to appear around the time of his death
- a ghost or any apparition
- an insubstantial copy of something
- something pale, thin, and lacking in substance, such as a column of smoke
Word Origin for wraith
Word Origin and History for wraith
1510s, "ghost," Scottish, of uncertain origin. Weekley suggests Old Norse vorðr "guardian" in the sense of "guardian angel." Klein points to Gaelic and Irish arrach "specter, apparition."