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poltergeist Line breaks: pol¦ter|geist
Pronunciation: /ˈpɒltəɡʌɪst/

Definition of poltergeist in English:


A ghost or other supernatural being supposedly responsible for physical disturbances such as making loud noises and throwing objects about.
Example sentences
  • Psychic investigators supposed Gef was a poltergeist or perhaps a ghost.
  • Specifically, in both Gallup and Newport's and Ross and Joshi's studies, ‘contact with ghosts’ was reported more frequently than physical manifestations associated with poltergeists.
  • There were no reports of supernatural sounds, translucent ghosts, or mischievous poltergeists, let alone greenskinned reptoids in an undergraduate girls dorm!


Mid 19th century: from German Poltergeist, from poltern 'create a disturbance' + Geist 'ghost'.

  • This is a German word formed from poltern ‘create a disturbance’ and Geist ‘ghost’.

Words that rhyme with poltergeist

Zeitgeist • Antichrist
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