\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Whatever the celebrity Halloween costume idea, stars are always taking their spooky themes to new heights. Whitney Perry, Glamour, "The Best Celebrity Halloween Costumes Ever," 24 Sep. 2020 The New Britain Public Library will host Barry Pirro on Thursday, Oct. 8, at 6:30 p.m., in a virtual program with a spooky discussion from a ghost hunter. courant.com, "Community News For The Wethersfield Edition," 24 Sep. 2020 And with the apocalypse that 2020 has been, this year is prime for these spooky storms. Christina Zdanowicz, CNN, "'Zombie' Tropical Storm Paulette returns from the dead because it's 2020," 22 Sep. 2020 The second full moon peaks at 10:49 a.m. ET on October 31, creating a spooky backdrop for an unusual Halloween. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "A rare "blue moon" will light up the Halloween night sky," 22 Sep. 2020 Over the past few years, the coffee retailer has debuted a series of on (and off) menu items to bring in the spooky vibes ahead of Halloween. Rebecca Norris, Country Living, "Here's How to Order 'Hocus Pocus'-Themed Frapps at Starbucks This Halloween," 21 Sep. 2020 Setting up a spooky display is one of the best parts of the Halloween season. Juliana Labianca, Good Housekeeping, "What Should I Be for Halloween This Year? Take This Quiz to Find Out," 17 Sep. 2020 Fright Furnace typically runs from late September to early November, and includes two spooky tours at the old ironworks, an outdoor movie theater, an area for circus-style performers and a concessions stand. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, "Sloss Fright Furnace canceled this year in Birmingham," 15 Sep. 2020 For a peek at the treats, scroll through the spooky assortment, below. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "Lush Just Dropped Its Halloween Collection — & You’ll Want To Draw A Bath ASAP," 15 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of spooky

1854, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Spooky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spooky. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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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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