ghostly

adjective
ghost·​ly | \ˈgōst-lē \
ghostlier; ghostliest

Definition of ghostly 

1 : of or relating to the soul : spiritual

2 : of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a ghost : spectral

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Other Words from ghostly

ghostliness noun
ghostly adverb

Examples of ghostly in a Sentence

A ghostly figure appears in the house at night.

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As Refinery29 reports, two ghostly new features have been added to the app just in time for October 31. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Instagram Unveils New Halloween Features," 27 Oct. 2018 While the surface of the asteroid appears to be a ghostly gray in the images released by the DLR, its actual color is quite dark. Megan Gannon, Space.com, "'Crazy' Rocky Surface of Asteroid Ryugu Revealed in MASCOT Lander Images," 13 Oct. 2018 In the lead up to Halloween, food brands are racing to capture the ghostly spirit of the holiday in edible form. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "Halloween is an aesthetic, not a flavor.," 29 Oct. 2018 In his memoir, the 19th-century French photographer Félix Nadar wrote that writer Honoré de Balzac believed physical bodies were made of layers of ghostly images that were laid atop one another like thin skins. John Kelly, Washington Post, "An unnerving Father’s Day gift has left me pondering portraiture — and the soul," 18 June 2018 If astronomers are right, a ghostly particle that lit up an instrumented swathe of ice beneath the South Pole on 22 September last year was a messenger from a distant galaxy. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "Ghostly particle caught in polar ice ushers in new way to look at the universe," 12 July 2018 Ever since the 1950s, when physicists first dreamed up the idea of doing astronomy with neutrinos, the holy grail has been to observe the first object outside our solar system that emits these ghostly particles. Mark Bowen, Scientific American, "Neutrinos on Ice: Astronomers' Long Hunt for Source of Extragalactic "Ghost Particles" Pays Off," 12 July 2018 For the first time, scientists have discovered the source of cosmic neutrinos, ghostly subatomic particles that can travel in a straight line for billions of light-years, passing unhindered through galaxies, stars and anything else in their path. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "'Ghost particles' from outer space: Scientists discover distant source of neutrinos," 12 July 2018 Since the 1950s, when neutrinos were detected for the first time, researchers have observed low-energy versions of these ghostly particles coming from the sun and a 1987 supernova in a nearby galaxy. Author: Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, "In a cosmic first, scientists detect ‘ghost particles’ from a distant galaxy," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of ghostly

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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ghostly

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of ghostly

: of or relating to a ghost : suggesting a ghost

ghostly

adjective
ghost·​ly | \ˈgōst-lē \
ghostlier; ghostliest

Kids Definition of ghostly

: of, relating to, or like a ghost … there were ghostly eyes intently fixed upon him …— Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

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