\ˈspü-kē \
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 \ adverb
spookiness \ ˈspü-​kē-​nəs \ noun

Examples of spooky in a Sentence

The music was pretty spooky. a spooky horse shying at shadows

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This spooky event happened just two weeks after the general manager shared footage of a barstool falling over after hours (around 0:15). Samantha Brodsky, Good Housekeeping, "Security Footage From a Haunted California Restaurant Will Give You the Creeps," 23 Oct. 2017 Silent film accompanied by live spooky organ music. The Courier-Journal, "Catch Katy Perry, Jason Aldean and more in Louisville Oct. 15-22," 12 Oct. 2017 And just like that, thanks to these local hooligans, Halloween costumes became scary, spooky, funny, and creative all at the same time. Marissa Gold, Country Living, "Everything You Need to Know About the History of Halloween and Why We Celebrate It," 6 July 2018 Get your blood flowing with an easy 1.86-mile hike to see the Hoodoos, spooky-looking rock formations with arresting views. Jennifer Franklin, USA TODAY, "See the coast, cities and mountain peaks on this trip of a lifetime to the Canadian Rockies," 9 July 2018 Steely, terse, nocturnal, halting, nervously coiled, spooky and a continuous stream of non sequiturs. Peter Dobrin, Philly.com, "Elias String Quartet and Jonathan Biss: Happiness on a high plane," 22 Feb. 2018 There are nighttime visits to cemeteries, lit only by spooky flashlights, that nobody bothers to try to defend. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards': TV Review," 16 Apr. 2018 There are some other spooky facts surrounding the number 13. Emily Deciccio, Fox News, "Why is Friday the 13th so spooky?," 13 July 2018 New rides Perhaps the most popular of the State Fair's attractions - at least among kids and kids-at-heart - is the fair's carnival area, which offers everything from spooky houses to the giant Ferris wheel. Daniel Wilson, sacbee, "What’s new at the California State Fair? Here’s everything you need to know," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of spooky

1854, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of spooky was in 1854

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English Language Learners Definition of spooky

: strange and frightening


\ˈspü-kē \
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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