See also: Spook

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Dutch spook (ghost), from Middle Dutch spooc (spook, ghost).

PronunciationEdit

  • enPR: spo͞ok, IPA(key): /spuːk/
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  • Rhymes: -uːk

NounEdit

spook (plural spooks)

  1. (informal) A ghost or phantom.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:ghost
    The building was haunted by a couple of spooks.
    • 1926, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Land of Mist[1]:
      "I'll say what I think, no more and no less, and I won't be scared by you or your spooks into altering my opinions."
  2. A hobgoblin.
  3. (informal) A scare or fright.
    The big spider gave me a spook.
  4. (espionage, slang) A spy.
    • 2009 July 24, “Spies like them”, in BBC News Magazine:
      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 October 13, “Huawei and ZTE: Put on hold”, in The Economist[2]:
      The congressional study frets that Huawei’s and ZTE’s products could be used as Trojan horses by Chinese spooks.
  5. (slang, dated, derogatory, ethnic slur) A black person.
    • 1976, Paul Schrader, Taxi Driver, spoken by Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro):
      Some won't take spooks—hell, don't make no difference to me.
  6. (philosophy) A metaphysical manifestation; an artificial distinction or construct.
    • 1845, Max Stirner, Steven T. Byington, transl., Der Einzige und sein Eigentum; republished as The Ego and His Own, Dover, 2005:
      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.
  7. (US, slang, medicine) A psychiatrist.
    • 1975, Robert O. Pasnau, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (page 124)
      Commonly, the surgeons view nonsurgeons with disdain. The most disdain is directed toward the “shrinks” or the “spooks,” as the psychiatrists are called.
  8. (blackjack, slang) A player who engages in hole carding by attempting to glimpse the dealer's hole card when the dealer checks under an ace or a 10 to see if a blackjack is present.

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VerbEdit

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

  1. (transitive) To frighten or make nervous (especially by startling).
    The hunters were spooked when the black cat crossed their path. The movement in the bushes spooked the deer and they ran.
  2. (intransitive) To become frightened (by something startling).
    The deer spooked at the sound of the dogs.
  3. (transitive) To haunt.

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AfrikaansEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Dutch spook, from Middle Dutch spoke, spooc, from Proto-Germanic *spōk.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

spook (plural spoke, diminutive spokie)

  1. ghost, phantom

DescendantsEdit

  • Northern Ndebele: isipoko
  • Xhosa: isiporho
  • Zulu: isipoki

DutchEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

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

NounEdit

 
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. spectre, horror, terror
    het spook van de oorlogthe horror of war
  3. an imaginary horror, conceptual nightmare
  4. an annoying and intolerable woman
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Etymology 2Edit

See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.

VerbEdit

spook

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

Middle EnglishEdit

NounEdit

spook

  1. Alternative form of spoke