spookier; spookiest
: strange, unsettling, or frightening in a way that suggests the supernatural : eerie, uncanny
[Caroline] Shaw's composition … is a mysterious and densely layered four-movement work … with vocalization and spookier in-between sounds that originate deep in the throat: moans, gasps, exhalations of breath.Gia Kourlas
Olivia Wilde's new film … owes a debt to many spooky dramas about the dark side of the suburbs—think The Stepford Wives, with even more of a sci-fi edge.David Sims
sometimes, specifically : relating to, resembling, or suggesting ghosts or spooks
Spooky stories of Hawaiian night marchers (ghosts of warriors and chiefs) lurking around bushes and walking the trail are often told, but these haunted tales are not true, according to Lopaka Kapanui, a Native Hawaiian master storyteller … Christina Hitt
: nervous, skittish
Dealing with Louisa when she was having an attack was very much like dealing with a spooky horse. You had to exude self-confidence …Jane Smiley
spookily adverb
spookiness noun

Examples of spooky in a Sentence

The music was pretty spooky. a spooky horse shying at shadows
Recent Examples on the Web Since its premiere in 2019, Evil has tackled plenty of spooky subjects — including demonic memes, haunted elevators, and eyeballs floating in toilets. Devan Coggan, EW.com, 24 May 2024 These locations include a spooky countryside featuring a haunted cathedral and a giant tree populated by a tribe of tiny mouse-slugs. PCMAG, 21 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for spooky 

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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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“Spooky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spooky. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


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

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