What does ghost mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ghost, shade, spook, wraith, specter, spectrenoun

    a mental representation of some haunting experience

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

  2. ghostwriter, ghostnoun

    a writer who gives the credit of authorship to someone else

  3. ghostnoun

    the visible disembodied soul of a dead person

  4. touch, trace, ghostverb

    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. ghostverb

    move like a ghost

    "The masked men ghosted across the moonlit yard"

  6. haunt, obsess, ghostverb

    haunt like a ghost; pursue

    "Fear of illness haunts her"

  7. ghost, ghostwriteverb

    write for someone else

    "How many books have you ghostwritten so far?"


  1. ghostnoun

    The spirit; the soul of man.

    Then gives her grieved ghost thus to lament. uE000102364uE001 Spenser

  2. ghostnoun

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

  3. ghostnoun

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

  4. ghostnoun

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

  5. ghostnoun

    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. ghostnoun

    A ghostwriter.

  7. ghostnoun

    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. ghostnoun

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

  9. ghostnoun

    an image of a file or hard disk.

  10. ghostverb

    To haunt.

  11. ghostverb

    To ghostwrite.

  12. ghostverb

    to copy a file or hard drive image.

  13. ghostnoun

    An understudy.

  14. ghostnoun

    A covert (and deniable) agent.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. GHOSTnoun

    Etymology: gast, Saxon.

    Vex not his ghost: O, let him pass! He hates him,
    That would upon the rack of this rough world
    Stretch him out longer. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Often did I strive
    To yield the ghost; but still the envious flood
    Kept in my soul. William Shakespeare, R. III.

    Man, when once cut down, when his pale ghost
    Fleets into air, is for ever lost. George Sandys, Paraphrase.

    The mighty ghosts of our great Harrys rose,
    And armed Edwards look’d with anxious eyes,
    To see this fleet among unequal foes,
    By which fate promis’d them their Charles should rise. Dryd.

    Their shadows seem
    A canopy most fatal, under which
    Our army lies ready to give up the ghost. William Shakespeare, Jul. Cæs.

  2. To Ghostverb

    To haunt with apparitions of departed men. Obsolete.

    Julius Cæsar,
    Who at Philippi the good Brutus ghosted,
    There saw you labouring for him. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleopat.

  3. To Ghostverb

    To yield up the ghost; to die. Not in use.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Euryalus taking leave of Lucretia, precipitated her into such a love-fit, that within a few hours she ghosted; which course Euryalus was like to have steered, upon the news. Philip Sidney.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ghostnoun

    the spirit; the soul of man

  2. Ghostnoun

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

  3. Ghostnoun

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

  4. Ghostnoun

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

  5. Ghostverb

    to die; to expire

  6. Ghostverb

    to appear to or haunt in the form of an apparition

  7. Etymology: [OE. gast, gost, soul, spirit, AS. gst breath, spirit, soul; akin to OS. gst spirit, soul, D. geest, G. geist, and prob. to E. gaze, ghastly.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ghost

    gōst, n. the soul of man: a spirit appearing after death: (Shak.) a dead body: (slang) one who writes a statesman's speeches for him, &c.—v.i. to appear to.—adj. Ghost′-like.—n. Ghost′liness.—adj. Ghost′ly, spiritual, religious: pertaining to apparitions.—ns. Ghost′-moth, a species of moth very common in Britain, its caterpillar destructive to hop-gardens; Ghost′-stō′ry, a story in which ghosts figure; Ghost′-word, a fictitious word that has originated in the blunder of a scribe or printer—common in dictionaries.—Give up the ghost (B.), to die.—Holy Ghost, the Holy Spirit, the third person in the Trinity. [A.S. gást; Ger. geist.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. ghost

    A false image in the lens of an instrument.

Rap Dictionary

  1. ghostadjective

    Out of here: "I'm ghost".

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Ghost

    One employed by an author or an artist to do his work for him, so called because, his name and personality being withheld from the public, he is kept in the shade. In other words, he is a mere shadow of his master. Originally, however, the term had reference to the friend who had inspired or suggested the work.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

Anagrams for ghost »

  1. goths

  2. Goths

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ghost in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ghost in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of ghost in a Sentence

  1. Zeid Raad al-Hussein:

    The notion of ghost ships drifting on autopilot toward the coasts of Europe in the hopes that coast guards will rescue the people on board and the hideous sight of men and women tearing their flesh on barbed-wire fences in a desperate, and sometimes lethal, attempt to clamber into Europe and find a better, more peaceful life: Such scenes are simply intolerable.

  2. Francis Cardinal George, OMI:

    Jesus did not come back from the grave as a ghost. Nor was it a simple resuscitation of a corpse. Jesus reversed death.

  3. Erick Allen:

    I was not planning to lose to a ghost candidate.

  4. Fox News:

    By regulating ghost guns as what they are -- firearms, President Biden is reducing a driver of gun violence in our communities and building on his historic funding for community violence prevention. This rule will have an immediate and tangible impact.

  5. Steve Maraboli:

    Do not let your TODAY be stolen by the ghost of yesterday or the "To-Do" list of tomorrow!"

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  • روح, خيال, طيف, شبح, شَبَح, زولArabic
  • зданьBelarusian
  • duchCzech
  • genfærd, draug, sjæl, spøgelse, genganger, gespenst, åndDanish
  • Erscheinung, Schatten, Geist, Phantom, Spuk, GespenstGerman
  • φάντασμα, σκιάGreek
  • fantomoEsperanto
  • espíritu, aparecido, sombra, alma, fantasma, espectro, apariciónSpanish
  • شبحPersian
  • haamu, aave, haamukuva, henki, sielu, kangastus, kummitusFinnish
  • andi, spøkilsi, dreygurFaroese
  • fantôme, revenant, spectre, esprit, apparition, fantasmeFrench
  • spoekWestern Frisian
  • taibhseIrish
  • scaanjoon, scaa, scaanManx
  • רוח רפאיםHebrew
  • भूतHindi
  • szellemHungarian
  • ուրվական, հոգիArmenian
  • hantu, polong, roh, dedemitan, momokIndonesian
  • lemure, fantasma, spettro, apparizione, ombra, simulacro, fantasima, spirito, larva, animaItalian
  • רוּחַHebrew
  • 化け物, お化け, 怨霊, 魂魄, 妖魔, 変化, 物の怪, 死霊, 妖怪, 幽鬼, 精霊, 魂, 霊, ゴースト, 幽霊, 亡霊Japanese
  • ខ្មោចKhmer
  • ಪ್ರೇತKannada
  • 유령Korean
  • sanctusLatin
  • hantuMalay
  • gespens, geest, spook, verschijning, schim, spooksel, fantoomDutch
  • spøkelseNorwegian
  • chʼį́įdiiNavajo, Navaho
  • duchPolish
  • aventesma, avejão, simulacro, fantasma, sombra, alma, espírito, abantesma, abentesma, lêmure, larva, aparição, assombração, espectro, avantesmaPortuguese
  • spiert, spértRomansh
  • fantomăRomanian
  • фанто́м, привиде́ние, при́зрак, призракRussian
  • fantazmë, lugat, gogolAlbanian
  • spSwedish
  • பேய்Tamil
  • దెయ్యంTelugu
  • ผีThai
  • hayaletTurkish
  • прима́ра, ма́рево, ма́ра, приви́д, фанто́м, привидUkrainian
  • گھوسٹUrdu
  • maVietnamese
  • גייַסטYiddish
  • Chinese

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    a person or thing that takes or can take the place of another
    • A. confectionery
    • B. substitute
    • C. guts
    • D. perusal

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