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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.

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Origin and Etymology of spook

Dutch; akin to Middle Low German spōk ghost


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spook

verb

Definition of spook

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  haunt 3

  3. 2 :  to make frightened or frantic :  scare; especially :  to startle into violent activity (such as stampeding)

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  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.

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First Known Use of spook

1883


SPOOK Defined for English Language Learners

spook

verb

Definition of spook for English Language Learners

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

  • : to become frightened


SPOOK Defined for Kids

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spook

play
verb \ˈspük\

Definition of spook for Students

spooked

;

spooking

  1. :  to make or become frightened


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spook

play
noun

Definition of spook for Students



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