spook

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Dutch spook (ghost), from Middle Dutch spooc (spook, ghost); compare German Spuk (ghost, apparition), Middle Low German spok (spook), Swedish spok (scarecrow), Norwegian spjok (ghost, specter)

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spook (plural spooks)

  1. A spirit returning to haunt a place.
    The visit to the old cemetery brought scary visions of spooks and ghosts.
  2. A ghost or an apparition.
    The building was haunted by a couple of spooks.
  3. A hobgoblin.
  4. (espionage) A spy.
    • 2009, "Spies like them", BBC News Magazine (online), 24 July 2009:
      From Ian Fleming to John Le Carre - authors have long been fascinated by the world of espionage. But, asks the BBC’s Gordon Corera, what do real life spooks make of fictional spies?
    • 2012, The Economist, Oct 13th 2012, Huawei and ZTE: Put on hold
      The congressional study frets that Huawei’s and ZTE’s products could be used as Trojan horses by Chinese spooks.
  5. A scare or fright.
    The big spider gave me a spook.
  6. (dated, pejorative) A black person.
  7. (philosophy) A metaphysical manifestation; an artificial distinction or construct.
    He who is infatuated with Man leaves persons out of account so far as that infatuation extends, and floats in an ideal, sacred interest. Man, you see, is not a person, but an ideal, a spook.Max Stirner

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spook (third-person singular simple present spooks, present participle spooking, simple past and past participle spooked)

  1. to scare, frighten
  2. to startle or frighten an animal
    The movement in the bushes spooked the deer and they ran.

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch spoke, spooc, from spoke, spoocke, spoicke (wizardry, witchcraft), from Proto-Germanic *spōk. Further etymology unclear. Compare Middle Low German spôk; Low German spôk; Middle High German Spuch; modern High German Spuk.

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Noun[edit]

Een spook zoals dat vaak in een kinderboek getekend wordt.
A ghost such as is often drawn in a children's book.

spook n (plural spoken, diminutive spookje n)

  1. phantom, ghost
    Geloof je in spoken?Do you believe in ghosts?
  2. horror, terror
    het spook van de oorlogthe horror of war
  3. an annoying and intolerable woman

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spook

  1. first-person singular present indicative of spoken
  2. imperative of spoken