- an apparition of a living person supposed to portend his or her death.
- a visible spirit.
Origin of wraith
Related Words for wraithlikeimperceptible, microscopic, unseen, sickening, horrid, ghostly, macabre, frightening, horrendous, terrible, appalling, frightful, ghoulish, unpleasant, grisly, terrifying, horrible, awful, gruesome, shocking
Examples from the Web for wraithlike
Historical Examples of wraithlike
He is a wraithlike double of Olivier, already able to reckon up all values.Romain Rolland
The young moon shed only a wan and wraithlike radiance over the plain.The Radio Boys on the Mexican Border
His body was so frail, so wraithlike, that one almost expected to see through it the magnificent tapestries on the walls.The Story of a Pioneer
Anna Howard Shaw
He called down maledictions on those two strange, impassive, wraithlike forms hardly more than half seen in the darkness and fog.Darkness and Dawn
George Allan England
But it is a wraithlike thing, and undulates and falls before our eyes like flames that have neither redness nor heat.Musical Portraits
- 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
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."