What does ghost mean?

Definitions for ghost

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word ghost.

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?"


  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

  7. Origin: [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.

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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, Goths

  2. Goths

How to pronounce ghost?

  1. Alex
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How to say ghost in sign language?

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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. Wendel White:

    They're like ghost stories.

  2. Sanad Shehab:

    Al-Houta is like a ghost town now.

  3. Swiss Major General Urs Gerber:

    They call us a ghost organization.

  4. Brandon Cory Lecroy:

    Five hundred dollars and he's a ghost.

  5. Roger Zelazny:

    I stalk my prison like my own ghost...

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Translations for ghost

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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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