spookier; spookiest
: relating to, resembling, or suggesting spooks
: nervous, skittish
a spooky horse
spookily adverb
spookiness noun

Example Sentences

The music was pretty spooky. a spooky horse shying at shadows
Recent Examples on the Web The stories are overall more spooky than kooky and are perfect little bits of mystery, murder, and intrigue with dark endings told from the perspective of someone who has died. Joshua Dudley, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2022 Throughout his career, Burton has gifted us with movies that are equally spooky and whimsy. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, 5 Dec. 2022 Celebrating spooky season at the Casamigos Halloween Party in October, Fox and her fiancé, Machine Gun Kelly, 32, channeled the Barb Wire actress and her ex-husband Mötley Crüe founding father Tommy Lee. Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 13 Dec. 2022 She's got a knack for costume makeup that fits right in with spooky season. Chelsea Avila, Allure, 8 Dec. 2022 The Midnight Club, which was co-created by Flanagan and Leah Fong, is an adaptation of Christopher Pike's teen novel of the same name that also incorporates spooky tales from the author's other books. Lauren Huff, EW.com, 2 Dec. 2022 Even with Halloween in the rearview mirror and spooky season over, Paramount’s horror movie continues to show some staying power on domestic charts. J. Kim Murphy, Variety, 5 Nov. 2022 For the 76th year, the Historic Irvington Halloween Festival celebrated spooky season on the east side of Indianapolis. Jenna Watson, The Indianapolis Star, 3 Nov. 2022 The couple are in costume in the carousel of photos, with Justin dressed as Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster and Hailey celebrating spooky season as a classic vampire. Aniasse, Billboard, 2 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1854, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of spooky was in 1854

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Cite this Entry

“Spooky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spooky. Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


spookier; spookiest
: relating to, resembling, or suggesting ghosts
spooky houses
: skittish sense 2
a spooky horse
spookiness noun

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