Definition of spook in English:


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Pronunciation: /spuːk


1A ghost.
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  • Judge Steve Evans takes on these unspooky spooks and non-existent ghosts - and he doesn't mind one bit.
  • In their flower-powered custom van, the Mystery Machine, this teenage detective agency prowls the countryside in search of suspicious spooks and phony phantoms.
  • The Ghosts Of Pac-Man asks a number of searching questions about the blamanche-like spooks in the early eighties video arcade game.
2chiefly North American A spy: a CIA spook
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  • Burke hooks Clayton in by suggesting that his father, who died under mysterious circumstances 10 years earlier, may actually have been a CIA spook as well.
  • ‘Nobody ever heard of paying spooks until we began the practice,’ said ancient Abraham, cackling wheezily.
  • The recent string of intelligence failures has provoked calls for creating a Director of National Intelligence who would have broad oversight over all spooks.
3US offensive , dated A black person.


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1Frighten; unnerve: they spooked a couple of grizzly bears
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  • Today business buyers are spooked by luxury deals, since it's tough to predict how far this downturn will go.
  • Her cell phone goes off and spooks Stevie's steed.
  • Though not particularly large, they were barking wildly and getting under their hooves with enthusiasm, spooking all the horses.
1.1 [no object] (Especially of an animal) take fright suddenly: he’ll spook if we make any noise
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  • A minute later, her horse spooked and Kaz spooked along with her.
  • Perhaps at an even slower pace, with more stunning images and settings, this movie would really spook.


early 19th century: from Dutch, of unknown origin.

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