Definitions for ghostgoʊst

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. the soul of a dead person, a disembodied spirit imagined as wandering, often in vague or evanescent form, among the living and sometimes haunting them; wraith.

  2. a mere shadow or semblance; trace:

    She's a ghost of her former self.

  3. a remote possibility:

    not a ghost of a chance.

  4. the principle of life; soul; spirit.

  5. Category: Informal

    Ref: ghostwriter.

  6. a secondary, usu. faint or blurry image, as on a television screen or on a photographic negative or print.

    Category: Radio and Television, Photography

  7. (v.t.)to ghostwrite (a book, speech, etc.).

  8. to haunt.

Idioms for ghost:

  1. give up the ghost, to die. to cease to function or exist.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of ghost:

bef. 900; ME goost, OE gāst, c. OFris gāst, OS gēst, OHG geist spirit


Princeton's WordNet

  1. ghost, shade, spook, wraith, specter, spectre(noun)

    a mental representation of some haunting experience

    "he looked like he had seen a ghost"; "it aroused specters from his past"

  2. ghostwriter, ghost(noun)

    a writer who gives the credit of authorship to someone else

  3. ghost(noun)

    the visible disembodied soul of a dead person

  4. touch, trace, ghost(verb)

    a suggestion of some quality

    "there was a touch of sarcasm in his tone"; "he detected a ghost of a smile on her face"

  5. ghost(verb)

    move like a ghost

    "The masked men ghosted across the moonlit yard"

  6. haunt, obsess, ghost(verb)

    haunt like a ghost; pursue

    "Fear of illness haunts her"

  7. ghost, ghostwrite(verb)

    write for someone else

    "How many books have you ghostwritten so far?"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. ghost(noun)ʊst

    the spirit of a dead person

    to believe in ghosts


  1. ghost(Noun)

    The spirit; the soul of man.

    Then gives her grieved ghost thus to lament. uE000102364uE001 Spenser

  2. ghost(Noun)

    The disembodied soul; the soul or spirit of a deceased person; a spirit appearing after death; an apparition; a specter.

  3. ghost(Noun)

    Any faint shadowy semblance; an unsubstantial image; a phantom; a glimmering.

  4. ghost(Noun)

    A false image formed in a telescope, camera, or other optical device by reflection from the surfaces of one or more lenses.

  5. ghost(Noun)

    An unwanted image similar to and overlapping or adjacent to the main one on a television screen, caused by the transmitted image being received both directly and via reflection.

  6. ghost(Noun)

    A ghostwriter.

  7. ghost(Noun)

    A nature spirit, ancestor or house spirit (see brownie ) revered in Heathenry.

    Before all else, we speak to the land to the ghosts and spirits of this place known to many as pixies, fairies, brownies, or elfs. (Math Jones)

  8. ghost(Noun)

    An unresponsive user on IRC, resulting from the user's client disconnecting without notifying the server.

  9. ghost(Noun)

    an image of a file or hard disk.

  10. ghost(Verb)

    To haunt.

  11. ghost(Verb)

    To ghostwrite.

  12. ghost(Verb)

    to copy a file or hard drive image.

  13. ghost(Noun)

    An understudy.

  14. ghost(Noun)

    A covert (and deniable) agent.

  15. Origin: From gost, gast, from gast, from gaistaz, from ǵʰeizd-. Cognate with ghaist, geast, geest, Geist, gast, हेड.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ghost(noun)

    the spirit; the soul of man

  2. Ghost(noun)

    the disembodied soul; the soul or spirit of a deceased person; a spirit appearing after death; an apparition; a specter

  3. Ghost(noun)

    any faint shadowy semblance; an unsubstantial image; a phantom; a glimmering; as, not a ghost of a chance; the ghost of an idea

  4. Ghost(noun)

    a false image formed in a telescope by reflection from the surfaces of one or more lenses

  5. Ghost(verb)

    to die; to expire

  6. Ghost(verb)

    to appear to or haunt in the form of an apparition


  1. Ghost

    In traditional belief and fiction, a ghost is the soul or spirit of a dead person or animal that can appear, in visible form or other manifestation, to the living. Descriptions of the apparition of ghosts vary widely from an invisible presence to translucent or barely visible wispy shapes, to realistic, lifelike visions. The deliberate attempt to contact the spirit of a deceased person is known as necromancy, or in spiritism as a séance. The belief in manifestations of the spirits of the dead is widespread, dating back to animism or ancestor worship in pre-literate cultures. Certain religious practices—funeral rites, exorcisms, and some practices of spiritualism and ritual magic—are specifically designed to rest the spirits of the dead. Ghosts are generally described as solitary essences that haunt particular locations, objects, or people they were associated with in life, though stories of phantom armies, ghost trains, phantom ships, and even ghost animals have also been recounted.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ghost' in Nouns Frequency: #1824

Anagrams of ghost

  1. goths, Goths

  2. Goths

Translations for ghost

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a spirit, usually of a dead person

Do you believe in ghosts?; Hamlet thought he saw his father's ghost.

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