ghost·​write | \ ˈgōs(t)-ˌrīt How to pronounce ghostwrite (audio) \
ghostwrote\ ˈgōs(t)-​ˌrōt How to pronounce ghostwrote (audio) \; ghostwritten\ ˈgōs(t)-​ˌri-​tᵊn How to pronounce ghostwritten (audio) \

Definition of ghostwrite

intransitive verb

: to write for and in the name of another

transitive verb

: to write (a speech, a book, etc.) for another who is the presumed or credited author

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from ghostwrite

ghostwriter noun

Examples of ghostwrite in a Sentence

She was hired to ghostwrite the mayor's autobiography.
Recent Examples on the Web Teaching online and tech jobs Among the fully remote jobs that are being advertised on the front page, there are customer support, online tutoring, ghostwriting, and transcription positions. Whizy Kim,, "These Are The Industries With The Most Open Jobs Right Now," 14 May 2020 With no real friends save for her high school English teacher Mrs. G (Becky Ann Baker), Ellie spends her time watching classic movies and reading, and ghostwriting papers for her classmates as a side-hustle. Anne Cohen,, "Alice Wu Was Having Trouble Writing The Half of It. So She Wrote A $1,000 Check To The NRA," 28 Apr. 2020 Her way with words makes her the ideal choice to ghostwrite letters for the cute-but-daft football player Paul (Daniel Diemer) to the object of his affection, Aster (Alexxis Lemire). Kyle Turner, New York Times, "‘The Half of It’ Review: Being Yourself (and That Person, Too)," 1 May 2020 Inadequate data, misuse of tribal and federal logos in promotions, ghostwritten hype for Gov. Dunleavy to pitch to investors. Anchorage Daily News, "Picks and pans for Alaska’s seafood industry in 2019," 7 Jan. 2020 Despite what the booing might imply, Drake’s career has not suffered as the result of his collaboration with Brown or years of ghostwriting accusations. Washington Post, "Drake was booed at a music festival because he’s Drake," 11 Nov. 2019 Imagine Usher’s consternation when Agent Fairweather offers him the job of ghostwriting a Tyler Perry play, a parody of which is performed with scathing disgust by Usher and his Thoughts. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: ‘A Strange Loop’ Is a Self-Portrait in a Hall of Mirrors," 17 June 2019 Then for the 1997 revision, Scribner hired an outside editor, Maria Guarnaschelli, and teams of culinary experts ghostwrote much of the book. Nancy Stohs, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "America's favorite cookbook is this family's legacy. Here's how the 4th generation revised 'Joy of Cooking.'," 29 Oct. 2019 Those emails include what plaintiffs’ lawyers say is evidence of Monsanto ghostwriting articles for outside scientists to defend the chemical’s safety. Ruth Bender, WSJ, "Bayer Steps Up Legal Fight Over Weed Killer Blamed for Cancer," 18 Sep. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'ghostwrite.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of ghostwrite

1927, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for ghostwrite

back-formation from ghostwriter

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about ghostwrite

Time Traveler for ghostwrite

Time Traveler

The first known use of ghostwrite was in 1927

See more words from the same year

Statistics for ghostwrite

Cite this Entry

“Ghostwrite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for ghostwrite


How to pronounce ghostwrite (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of ghostwrite

: to write (something, such as a book) for someone else using that person's name

More from Merriam-Webster on ghostwrite

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with ghostwrite

Comments on ghostwrite

What made you want to look up ghostwrite? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt painting a young scholar and his tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!