Definition of poltergeist in English:
- 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’.
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