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Where does spoopy come from?
Spoopy first appeared online in 2009 in a picture posted by Flickr user clickfarmer. Taken at a Ross department store, the picture featured a Halloween decoration that misspelled spooky as spoopy.
While spoopy spread online somewhat in the early 2010s, it didn’t go viral as a meme until 2013. That’s when the Tumblr user sp00pyzorak3 posted clickfarmer’s spoopy picture next to a picture of a Halloween cookie cake decorated with its own memorable misspelling: “creppy” for creepy.
Since 2013, spoopy has been a popular term each year around Halloween, according to Google Trends. Its success is in part due to the misspelling itself, which suggests a combination of spooky and poopy. Spoopy also fits right into the an online culture of deliberate misspellings, purposely bad grammar, and cutesy words, such as in Doge memes and DoggoLingo.
Examples of spoopy
Who uses spoopy?
Online, spoopy is used as a funny, cute, or ironic way to refer to something as “spooky.” It can describe something that has a spooky (or Halloween-themed) element but is ultimately adorable, sweet, or even cheesy—a mix of the comedic and the scary.
So spoopy! pic.twitter.com/OCDQyp7C2J
— Danielle🦏🦛 (@Squshies) October 23, 2019
Spoopy is often used to describe cute pictures of pets in Halloween costumes, and may appear in Halloween-themed Doge memes or DoggoLingo.
spoopy doggo says hi pic.twitter.com/3jApwleH6U
— esoteric rock opera (@oceanstime) October 25, 2019
Spoopy is also popular in furry, cosplay, and anime communities online, who may use spoopy to characterize their various Halloween-themed content.
— Antonio Cara (@Pasta_Taco) October 22, 2019
The adjective spoopy has inspired other wordplay, such as the superlative spoopiest, the noun and verb spoop, and formations like spooptacular. Along with creppy, doo (a deliberate misspelling of boo) may be used with spoopy.
This is not meant to be a formal definition of spoopy like most terms we define on Dictionary.com, but is rather an informal word summary that hopefully touches upon the key aspects of the meaning and usage of spoopy that will help our users expand their word mastery.