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[spoo-kee] /ˈspu ki/
adjective, spookier, spookiest. Informal.
like or befitting a spook or ghost; suggestive of spooks.
eerie; scary.
(especially of horses) nervous; skittish.
Origin of spooky
1850-55, Americanism; spook + -y1
Related forms
spookily, adverb
spookiness, noun Unabridged
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  • Be advised that there is likely more spooky actuarial math going on behind the liabilities.
  • Making it happen says more about human achievement than anything spooky about machine dominance.
  • Mounds of confetti and ticker-tape in the streets bear a spooky resemblance to the debris of the attacks ten years later.
  • It is spooky how many of the above suggestions have found their way into my three compartment carry-on.
  • They make trees look spooky, and they prefer not to be disturbed.
  • Quantum entanglement, whereby two or more objects are linked by an unseen connection, has some famously spooky effects.
  • The quantum phenomenon known as entanglement keeps spreading its arms to hold ever more particles in its spooky embrace.
  • Which could also account for the spooky effect observed in quantum mechanics.
  • Still, there was no point in denying my almost spooky good fortune.
  • He had seen ordnance officers and quartermaster officers and post exchange officers and other spooky military anomalies.
British Dictionary definitions for spooky


adjective (informal) spookier, spookiest
ghostly or eerie: a spooky house
resembling or appropriate to a ghost
(US) easily frightened; highly strung
Derived Forms
spookily, adverb
spookiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for spooky

1854, "frightening;" 1926, "easily frightened," from spook (v.) + -y (2). Related: Spookily; spookiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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