\ 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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The parks get extra festive, with pumpkins everywhere, meet-and-greets with spooky characters like Vampirina, a not-so-scary Halloween party with Mickey and his pals, and lots and lots of themed desserts. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "QUIZ: Could You Eat Your Way Through All of Disney's Halloween Treats?," 1 Oct. 2018 Falling leaves, crisp air, and some spooky movies and shows to curl up to with a bowl of candy corn. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "What to Watch on Netflix in October, According to Our Editors," 1 Oct. 2018 The Night King has a penchant for leaving behind his victims in spooky patterns. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The True Origins of the White Walkers' Terrifying Spiral Symbol in Game of Thrones," 15 Apr. 2019 Netflix just dropped a super spooky, totally badass teaser trailer for season 2 of your new obsession. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything We Know About "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Season 2," 6 Dec. 2018 Following suit, the entertainment industry serves up jump scares at the theater and 31 days of spooky programming on television. Kelsea Stahler, Teen Vogue, "The Resurgence of Witches in Pop Culture Like Sabrina, AHS "Coven," and "Charmed" Reflects Women in the Real World," 14 Nov. 2018 At one point a spooky zombie woman popped out of a bed and startled both Grande and Corden. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "I'm Scared Just Watching Ariana Grande Complete This Haunted Escape Room," 31 Oct. 2018 More sweet than spooky, this kids' vampire costume is too cute for words. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "One of Our Favorite Halloween Costume Ideas Is This DIY Vampire," 25 Oct. 2018 Made with refractory material like that found in faux fireplace logs, the spooky stoneware skulls are fireproof and lightweight. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "These $30 Skull Logs Will Make Your Fireplace Extra Eerie for Halloween," 10 Oct. 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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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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