\ ˈspü-kē How to pronounce spooky (audio) \
spookier; spookiest

Definition of spooky

1 : relating to, resembling, or suggesting spooks
2 : nervous, skittish a spooky horse

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Other Words from spooky

spookily \ ˈspü-​kə-​lē How to pronounce spookily (audio) \ adverb
spookiness \ ˈspü-​kē-​nəs How to pronounce spookiness (audio) \ noun

Examples of spooky in a Sentence

The music was pretty spooky. a spooky horse shying at shadows

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Room 9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Scooby-Doo: Return to Zombie Island Pack your Scooby Snacks and join the Mystery Inc. gang as the teen sleuths embark on a wild and spooky vacation with zombies and cat people on Scooby-Doo! San Diego Union-Tribune, "Comic-Con: Here’s your Sunday schedule," 8 July 2019 In fact, the whole Conjuring universe is packed to the brim with paranormal personae, ranging from the silly-spooky to the downright terrifying. Daniel Menegaz, EW.com, "All the evil spirits of the Conjuring universe, ranked," 29 June 2019 The spooky series didn't scare enough viewers to last. Kristi Turnquist, OregonLive.com, "2018-2019 TV season: The complete guide to what's canceled, and what's renewed," 8 May 2018 Fans of Stranger Things will flip for Burger King's latest offering Burger King is getting prepped for season 3 of Stranger Things with a spooky new offering. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Stranger Things-Themed 'Upside Down' Whoppers Are Coming to Burger King — But Only in 11 Cities," 13 June 2019 The Quibi team therefore came up with a nifty device for the show: an in-app clock that counts down until the sun goes down, giving viewers a limited (and spooky) window to watch the series each night. Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, "Steven Spielberg is writing a horror series that can only be watched after dark," 10 June 2019 Screening-room attendees who scoffed at Ma’s illogic (her house unaccountably filled with spooky African masks) had already fallen for the absurdities of Us and Get Out. Armond White, National Review, "Ma’s Black-Mammy Stereotypes Capture the Illiberal Spirit," 7 June 2019 Now a doable six-mile hike gets you to the spooky remains of a dream gone bust: several dilapidated log cabins, a few foundations, and ghosts of miners past. Joe Yogerst, National Geographic, "Everything to know about Rocky Mountain National Park," 8 May 2019 At first glance, the small South Side home looks normal enough, but look closely and there are spooky surprises. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio’s paranormal power couple live with the haunted and cursed," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of spooky

1854, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of spooky

: strange and frightening


\ ˈspü-kē How to pronounce spooky (audio) \
spookier; spookiest

Kids Definition of spooky

1 : scary and frightening a spooky story
2 : suggesting the presence of ghosts a spooky place a spooky noise

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