wraithlike

wraith

[reyth]
noun
1.
an apparition of a living person supposed to portend his or her death.
2.
a visible spirit.

Origin:
1505–15; originally Scots; origin uncertain

wraithlike, adjective

wraith, wreath, wreathe, writhe.
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wraith (reɪθ)
 
n
1.  the apparition of a person living or thought to be alive, supposed to appear around the time of his death
2.  a ghost or any apparition
3.  an insubstantial copy of something
4.  something pale, thin, and lacking in substance, such as a column of smoke
 
[C16: Scottish, of unknown origin]
 
'wraithlike
 
adj

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wraith
1513, "ghost," Scottish, of uncertain origin. Weekley suggests O.N. vorðr "guardian" in the sense of "guardian angel." Klein points to Gael., Ir. arrach "specter, apparition."
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