\ 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 spooky (audio) \ adverb
spookiness \ ˈspü-​kē-​nəs How to pronounce spooky (audio) \ noun

Examples of spooky in a Sentence

The music was pretty spooky. a spooky horse shying at shadows
Recent Examples on the Web But for fans of the holiday, the end of August means spooky season has arrived. Kathleen Christiansen, orlandosentinel.com, 1 Sep. 2021 Coffin fall nails are even better when spooky season hits. Michella Oré, Glamour, 26 Aug. 2021 Now, spooky season is starting early this year, with the 10th season of American Horror Story, subtitled Double Feature, premiering later this month. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 15 Aug. 2021 Children can go to the virtual library to listen to a spooky story, learn things to do at the children’s museum or take a history tour at the settlement. Michelle Mullins, chicagotribune.com, 16 Oct. 2020 Celebs got in the spooky spirit by dressing up in elaborate Halloween costumes! Gab Ginsberg, Billboard, 6 Nov. 2020 It’s not spooky, unless you are terrified by the aesthetics of student film. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 25 June 2021 The park’s current performers who specialized in the cuddly and the sweet at their home turf in Sesame Street land also wanted in on the spooky action. Gabrielle Russon, orlandosentinel.com, 21 June 2021 Considering the amount of hand-wringing over spooky action at a distance, though, surprisingly little fuss has been made about superluminal tunneling. Quanta Magazine, 20 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of spooky

1854, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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4 Sep 2021

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“Spooky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spooky. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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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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