noun \ˈspük\

Definition of SPOOK

:  ghost, specter
:  an undercover agent :  spy
spook·ish \ˈspü-kish\ adjective

Examples of SPOOK

  1. <Russia recalled its spooks after the collapse of the Soviet Union.>
  2. <Halloween is the night when spooks and goblins are said to roam abroad.>

Origin of SPOOK

Dutch; akin to Middle Low German spōk ghost
First Known Use: 1801

Other Occult Terms

augury, censor, invocation, lucidity, metempsychosis, mojo, numinous, preternatural, weird, wraith

Rhymes with SPOOK



: to scare or frighten (a person or animal)

: to become frightened

Full Definition of SPOOK

transitive verb
:  haunt 3
:  to make frightened or frantic :  scare; especially :  to startle into violent activity (as stampeding)
intransitive verb
:  to become spooked <cattle spooking at shadows>

Examples of SPOOK

  1. The noise spooked the cat.
  2. The little girl was spooked by scary masks.

First Known Use of SPOOK



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