\ 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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Equipped with nothing but a few costumes, some really loud noises, and a pair of paranormal legends, the director extraordinaire crafts a seriously spooky tale of a family and the house that wants them out. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 28 Best Halloween Movies on Netflix," 11 Oct. 2018 The company will let players sample submarines for the first time as part of a temporary Halloween gag, where ships and subs take on spooky themes. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "World of Warships dives deep for new players, adding submarines to popular naval combat game," 18 Sep. 2018 This year, history is getting a little spooky at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Zoe Miller, Good Housekeeping, "This "Ghost Portrait" of Abraham Lincoln Is Creepy and Cool," 30 Oct. 2015 Luigi’s Mansion 3 Switch Luigi’s spooky spinoff is back, bringing the series back to consoles for the first time since the original GameCube game. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The 40 games we can’t wait to play in 2019," 26 Dec. 2018 At least 2012 had the spooky excitement of the forthcoming doomsday, according to ancient Mayan predictions, and 2016 had the ironic humor of dumpster fire memes. Cazzie David, Vogue, "2018’s Most Ridiculous Moments in Beauty—And Beyond!—According to Cazzie David," 22 Dec. 2018 Lots of blood, lots of jump-scares, but it’s more spooky fun than truly upsetting. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "The Best '80s Horror Movies That Are Still Terrifying Today," 23 Oct. 2018 Keep your guests full and stick with the theme by styling a charcuterie tray amongst your spooky Halloween decor. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "20 Halloween Party Ideas So Sophisticated They’ll Scare You," 18 Oct. 2018 There's something about fall that feels a little bit like magic, with the changing leaves and the sense that something unexpected — whether spooky or sweet — is just around the corner. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "The Dallas Arboretum Uses 100,000 Pumpkins to Build Its Annual Fall Village," 12 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 \
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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