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spook

play
noun \ˈspük\

Definition of spook

  1. 1 :  ghost, specter

  2. 2 :  an undercover agent :  spy

spookish

play \ˈspü-kish\ adjective


Examples of spook in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of spook

Dutch; akin to Middle Low German spōk ghost


First Known Use: 1801


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spook

verb

Simple Definition of spook

  • : to scare or frighten (a person or animal)

  • : to become frightened

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of spook

  • transitive verb
    1. 1 :  haunt 3

    2. 2 :  to make frightened or frantic :  scare; especially :  to startle into violent activity (as stampeding)

    3. intransitive verb
    4. :  to become spooked <cattle spooking at shadows>

    Examples of spook in a sentence

    1. The noise spooked the cat.

    2. The little girl was spooked by scary masks.



    1883

    First Known Use of spook

    1883

    Rhymes with spook


    SPOOK Defined for Kids

    1

    spook

    play
    verb \ˈspük\

    Definition of spook for Students

    spooked

    spooking

    1. :  to make or become frightened




    2

    spook

    play
    noun

    Definition of spook for Students





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