spook

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v spook frighten or scare, and often provoke into a violent action "The noise spooked the horse"
    • n spook a mental representation of some haunting experience "he looked like he had seen a ghost","it aroused specters from his past"
    • n spook someone unpleasantly strange or eccentric
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Spook A spirit; a ghost; an apparition; a hobgoblin.
    • Spook (Zoöl) The chimæra.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n spook A ghost; a hobgoblin.
    • spook To play the spook.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Spook spōōk a ghost
    • v.i Spook to play the spook
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
D. spook,; akin to G. spuk, Sw. spöke, Dan. spögelse, a specter, spöge, to play, sport, joke, spög, a play, joke

Usage

In literature:

Besides, the place spooked her.
"This Crowded Earth" by Robert Bloch
That spook's hit the trail again!
"Jessica, the Heiress" by Evelyn Raymond
The clergy are the fighters of spooks.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
Is not this also a spook, an abstract thing, a creature of the imagination?
"Anarchism and Socialism" by George Plechanoff
No, I haven't read it, but my folks have, and I dare say you do believe in spooks.
"The Come Back" by Carolyn Wells
Spooks and I awoke to find ourselves surrounded by a prairie fire.
"The Plow-Woman" by Eleanor Gates
Listening for spooks because we happen to be passing the burying spot of some of our ancestors.
"The Daughter of a Republican" by Bernie Babcock
I got up and made a blind rush for home as soon as the spooks went by me.
"Madge Morton's Trust" by Amy D. V. Chalmers
No spook yet, thank goodness!
"The Bartlett Mystery" by Louis Tracy
To have this boy, or his spook, rise up this-a-way, an' go to sleep, standin'.
"Dorothy on a House Boat" by Evelyn Raymond
If you get goosed by any spooks, just yell.
"Deadly City" by Paul W. Fairman
Have we come down to spooks?
"The Great Keinplatz Experiment and Other Tales of Twilight and the Unseen" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
If I believed in ghosts, which I don't, I should say I had seen Dirk's spook.
"Tales of South Africa" by H.A. Bryden
Why in the name of law and decency had he and Mowbray been ordered to patrol this tangled, deserted spook-hole?
"Quest of the Golden Ape" by Ivar Jorgensen
They know that spook worship thrives only in the soil of stupidity.
"The Book of Gud" by Dan Spain
We'll act police, and protect you against a dozen possible spooks.
"The School by the Sea" by Angela Brazil
They thinks Bear Cat's in league with grave-yard spooks.
"When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry" by Charles Neville Buck
I hope, here in Dresden, you are not believing in spooks, as London society believes in them.
"The Secrets of Potsdam" by William Le Queux
At that point, there seemed no great reason to spook her with mention of the gun.
"Life Blood" by Thomas Hoover
Don't spook the quarry.
"Project Cyclops" by Thomas Hoover
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In poetry:

Daarbuite spook die wind weer hard;
Die vensters skudde: wat 'n nag!
Ou Amsterdam, ou Amsterdam,
Jy het nog oor my siel gesag!
"In Amsterdam" by Christian Frederik Louis Leipoldt
So then I bravely broke away
From spooks and ectoplasic gauze.
Yet in the brazen light of day
I had to pinch myself because
Really! I wondered if I was.
"The Seance" by Robert W Service
Nay, never spook nor sprite is he,
But solid flesh and blood,
Who schemes with deep malignity
To stint my livelihood.
And he had vowed a vow my name
Shall never grace the scroll of fame.
"The Corpse That Won't Lie Still" by C J Dennis
His manners wusn't in the grain,
His wool wus sorter shoddy;
His courage wus a poorish sort,
It hadn't got no body.
An' when he see'd old Spense, he shook
Es ef he'd see'd his gran'ma's spook.
"Old Spense" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
Before I drink myself to death,
God, let me finish up my Book!
At night, I fear, I fight for breath,
And wake up whiter than a spook;
And crawl off to a bistro near,
And drink until my brain is clear.
"My Book" by Robert W Service
A night when witches skim the air,
When spooks and goblins climb the stair;
When bats rush out with muffled wings,
And now and then the door-bell rings;
But just the funniest thing of all
Is 'cause you can't see when they call.
"Halloween" by Edwin Carty Ranck

In news:

Kiersten Holswade braves smoke and obstacles on Tuxedo at a Bill Richey de-spooking clinic, like the one scheduled for next weekend at the Horse Park of New Jersey Lisa Minshull/For The Star-Ledger.
Get spooked at with River 97.3 at Spook Hollow this Friday Night.
From a children's Halloween parade and Little Spooks funhouse to pumpkin recipes and karaoke costume contests for the big boys and ghouls, Aurelia has been the area's Halloween City for a decade.
If you're a Facebook member, a career as a government spook is only a click away.
A religious monument in Huntsville, Texas, has a lot of people spooked KHOU's Sherry Williams brought a paranormal investigator out in inspect the town's scary statue that many call, "Black Jesus.".
Pentagon Spooks Want New Tools for Mobile 'Exploitation.
Tourist Sneaks Into Dakota, Spooks Yoko.
Tis the season for spooks and skeptics.
Spook Span Pleads Guilty To Poaching .
Now, Bearden and other ex- spooks are in demand among directors who, in the wake of 9/11, are once again obsessed with the cia.
Birmingham Zoo hosts ' spook -tacular' Boo at the Zoo celebration.
A ' spook -tacular' time.
' Spook -tacular'goes on parade.
"Today was spook -tacular," said principal Teresa Scherpinski.
Get Your Spook On For A Scary Low Price.
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