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poltergeist

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noun pol·ter·geist \ˈpōl-tər-ˌgīst\

Simple Definition of poltergeist

  • : a ghost that makes strange noises and causes objects to move

Full Definition of poltergeist

  1. :  a noisy usually mischievous ghost held to be responsible for unexplained noises (as rappings)

Examples of poltergeist

  1. <we thought a poltergeist was knocking dishes off the shelves, but it turned out to just be vibrations from passing trains>



Origin of poltergeist

German, from poltern to knock + Geist spirit


First Known Use: 1848

Rhymes with poltergeist



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