What does ghostly mean?

Definitions for ghostly
ˈgoʊst lighost·ly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. apparitional, ghostlike, ghostly, phantasmal, spectral, spiritualadjective

    resembling or characteristic of a phantom

    "a ghostly face at the window"; "a phantasmal presence in the room"; "spectral emanations"; "spiritual tappings at a seance"


  1. ghostlyadjective

    Of or pertaining to ghosts or spirituality.

  2. ghostlyadjective

    Spooky; frightening.

  3. Etymology: From gostly, gastlich, from gastlic, equivalent to. Cognate with gostly, gastly, gaistlie, geastlik, geestelijk, geistlich, geistlig.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Ghostlyadjective

    Etymology: from ghost.

    Our common necessities, and the lack which we all have, as well of ghostly as of earthly favours, is in each kind so easily known, but the gifts of God, according to these degrees and times, which he in his secret wisdom seeth meet, are so diversly bestowed, that it seldom appeareth what all receive, what all stand in need of, it seldom lieth hid. Richard Hooker, b. v.

    The graces of the spirit are much more precious than worldly benefits, and our ghostly evils of greater importance than any harm which the body feeleth. Richard Hooker, b. v. s 35.

    To deny me the ghostly comfort of my chaplains, seems a greater barbarity than is ever used by Christians. Charles I .

    Hence will I to my ghostly friar’s close cell,
    His help to crave, and my dear hap to tell. William Shakespeare, Ro. and Jul.

    The ghostly father now hath done his shrift. William Shakespeare, H. VI.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ghostlyadjective

    relating to the soul; not carnal or secular; spiritual; as, a ghostly confessor

  2. Ghostlyadjective

    of or pertaining to apparitions

  3. Ghostlyadverb

    spiritually; mystically

  4. Etymology: [OE. gastlich, gostlich, AS. gstlic. See Ghost.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ghostly in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ghostly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of ghostly in a Sentence

  1. Albert Einstein:

    Most people go on living their everyday life half frightened, half indifferent, they behold the ghostly tragi-comedy that is being performed on the international stage before the eyes and ears of the world.

  2. Philip Goode:

    You look at a quarter moon. You can see the whole moon because three quarters of it is illuminated in this ghostly light.

  3. Caroline Edwards:

    He was ghostly pale, which I figured at that point that he had been sprayed, and I was concerned, my cop alarm bells went off because if you get sprayed with pepper spray, you're going to turn red. He turned just about as pale as this sheet of paper.

  4. Sam Hodder:

    This is a property where you can almost tangibly feel that it is healing, that it is recovering, you walk through the forest and, even as you see the kind of ghostly stumps of ancient trees that were harvested, you could also in the foggy landscape see the monsters that were left behind as well as the young redwoods that are sprouting from those stumps.

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