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[dop-uh l-gang-er; German daw-puh l-geng-er] /ˈdɒp əlˌgæŋ ər; German ˈdɔ pəlˌgɛŋ ər/
a ghostly double or counterpart of a living person.
Also, Doppelgänger.
Also called doubleganger.
Origin of doppelgänger
1850-55; < German: literally, double-walker Unabridged
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Examples from the web for doppelganger
  • Debt, and its doppelganger credit, have expanded beyond all previous historical situations.
  • Our genetic doppelganger had been right there watching us, even outwitting us.
  • That was my doppelganger moving to a new school in the state.
  • You sound like my doppelganger.
  • You're blaming your posts on a doppelganger that's stolen your identity? .
  • And whatever moral reasoning you did to make the choice could have led your doppelganger to make the exact opposite choice.
  • The eye is such a simple shape that it's no surprise to see its doppelganger, even one millions of light years away.
British Dictionary definitions for doppelganger


/ˈdɒpəlˌɡɛŋə; German ˈdɔpəlˌɡɛŋər/
(legend) a ghostly duplicate of a living person
Word Origin
from German Doppelgänger, literally: double-goer
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Contemporary definitions for doppelganger

alter ego

Word Origin

German doppel 'double' + ganger 'goer''s 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for doppelganger

1830, from German Doppelgänger, literally "double-goer," originally with a ghostly sense. See double + gang (n.). Sometimes half-anglicized as doubleganger.

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