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spook

 (spo͞ok)
n.
1. Informal A ghost; a specter.
2. Slang A secret agent; a spy.
3. Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for a black person.
v. spooked, spook·ing, spooks
v.tr.
1. To haunt.
2. To startle and cause nervous activity in; frighten: The news spooked investors, and stock prices fell.
v.intr.
To become frightened and nervous.

[Dutch, from Middle Dutch spooc.]

spook

(spuːk)
n
1. a ghost or a person suggestive of this
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) US and Canadian a spy
3. (Brewing) slang South African any pale or colourless alcoholic spirit: spook and diesel.
vb (tr)
4. to frighten: to spook horses; to spook a person.
5. (Alternative Belief Systems) (of a ghost) to haunt
[C19: Dutch spook, from Middle Low German spōk ghost]
ˈspookish adj

spook

(spuk)

n.
1. a ghost; specter.
2. Informal. an espionage agent; spy.
v.t.
3. to haunt; inhabit or appear in or to as a ghost or specter.
4. to frighten; scare.
v.i.
5. to become frightened or scared.
[1795–1805, Amer.; < Dutch; compare Middle Low German spōk]
spook′er•y, n.
spook′ish, adj.

spook


Past participle: spooked
Gerund: spooking

Imperative
spook
spook
Present
I spook
you spook
he/she/it spooks
we spook
you spook
they spook
Preterite
I spooked
you spooked
he/she/it spooked
we spooked
you spooked
they spooked
Present Continuous
I am spooking
you are spooking
he/she/it is spooking
we are spooking
you are spooking
they are spooking
Present Perfect
I have spooked
you have spooked
he/she/it has spooked
we have spooked
you have spooked
they have spooked
Past Continuous
I was spooking
you were spooking
he/she/it was spooking
we were spooking
you were spooking
they were spooking
Past Perfect
I had spooked
you had spooked
he/she/it had spooked
we had spooked
you had spooked
they had spooked
Future
I will spook
you will spook
he/she/it will spook
we will spook
you will spook
they will spook
Future Perfect
I will have spooked
you will have spooked
he/she/it will have spooked
we will have spooked
you will have spooked
they will have spooked
Future Continuous
I will be spooking
you will be spooking
he/she/it will be spooking
we will be spooking
you will be spooking
they will be spooking
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been spooking
you have been spooking
he/she/it has been spooking
we have been spooking
you have been spooking
they have been spooking
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been spooking
you will have been spooking
he/she/it will have been spooking
we will have been spooking
you will have been spooking
they will have been spooking
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been spooking
you had been spooking
he/she/it had been spooking
we had been spooking
you had been spooking
they had been spooking
Conditional
I would spook
you would spook
he/she/it would spook
we would spook
you would spook
they would spook
Past Conditional
I would have spooked
you would have spooked
he/she/it would have spooked
we would have spooked
you would have spooked
they would have spooked
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spook - someone unpleasantly strange or eccentricspook - someone unpleasantly strange or eccentric
disagreeable person, unpleasant person - a person who is not pleasant or agreeable
2.spook - a mental representation of some haunting experiencespook - a mental representation of some haunting experience; "he looked like he had seen a ghost"; "it aroused specters from his past"
fantasm, phantasm, phantasma, phantom, shadow, apparition - something existing in perception only; "a ghostly apparition at midnight"
Verb1.spook - frighten or scare, and often provoke into a violent action; "The noise spooked the horse"
affright, fright, frighten, scare - cause fear in; "The stranger who hangs around the building frightens me"; "Ghosts could never affright her"

spook

noun
1. ghost, spirit, phantom, spectre, soul, shade (literary), manes, apparition, wraith, revenant, phantasm, eidolon She woke up to see a spook hovering over her bed.
2. (U.S. informal) spy, secret agent, double agent, secret service agent, undercover agent, mole, foreign agent, fifth columnist, nark (Brit., Austral., & N.Z. slang) a U.S. intelligence spook
verb
1. frighten, alarm, scare, terrify, startle, intimidate, daunt, unnerve, petrify, scare (someone) stiff, put the wind up (someone) (informal), scare the living daylights out of (someone) (informal), make your hair stand on end (informal), get the wind up, make your blood run cold, throw into a panic, scare the bejesus out of (informal), affright (archaic), freeze your blood, make (someone) jump out of his skin (informal), throw into a fright But was it the wind that spooked her?

spook

noun
1. Informal. A supernatural being, such as a ghost:
Regional: haunt.
2. Informal. A person who secretly observes others to obtain information:
Idiom: secret agent.
Translations
شَبَح، خَيال
strašidlo
spøgelse
draugur
spoks

spook

[spuːk]
A. N
1. (= ghost) → espectro m, aparición f
2. (US) (= secret agent) → espía mf, agente mf secreto/a
B. VT (US)
1. (= haunt) → aparecerse en, rondar
2. (= frighten) → asustar, pegar un susto a

spook

[ˈspuːk]
n
(= ghost) → fantôme m
(US) (= secret agent) → barbouze m
vt (mainly US) (= scare) → faire peur à
to be spooked by sth → être effrayé(e) par qch

spook

(inf)
n
Gespenst nt
(US: = spy) → Spion(in) m(f)
vt (esp US: = frighten) → einen Schrecken einjagen (+dat)

spook

[spuːk] n (fam) → fantasma m, spettro

spook

(spuːk) noun
a ghost.
ˈspooky adjective
eerie and suggesting the presence of ghosts. It's very spooky walking through the graveyard at night.
ˈspookiness noun
References in classic literature ?
DEAR NUTT,--As I see you're working Spooks and Dooks at the same time, what about an article on that rum business of the Eyres of Exmoor; or as the old women call it down here, the Devil's Ear of Eyre?
mannerly a company of spooks as one could wish to meet.
My good friend," I said, somewhat ironically, I fear, "I am not disposed to question your right to harbor as many spooks as you find agreeable to your taste and consistent with your notions of companionship; that is no business of mine.
I'll camp on the very doorstep of Patty's Place and you won't be able to go out or come in without falling over my spook.
Tell us about starring as Will in the Spooks movie?
SO MANY major characters were killed off during the nine-and-a-half years that Spooks was on television, that Harry Pearce, head of the counter terrorism department at MI5, was pretty fortunate to still be standing by the end.
SCENARIO 1 THE spooks - either in MI5 or Special Branch - in Birmingham, 1974, quickly discovered that an attack would take place "to make up for" the death of James McDade, the IRA volunteer blown up while planting a bomb at the Coventry Telephone Exchange.
THE thrilling opening scenes of a big screen version of hit TV spy series Spooks are to be filmed in Coventry.
Alongside the leads and guest star Tom Hollander are Spooks stalwarts Keeley Hawes and Matthew Macfadyen in supporting roles, so it comes with a high pedigree indeed.
May 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- FBI Supervisory Special Agent John Caruthers, the head of the FBI's San Diego field office National Security Cyber Program will be one of 22 speakers at a very unique security conference called Suits and Spooks on June 15-16 at the San Diego Marriott La Jolla hotel.
com)-- The Chatswood Spooks make even Caspar the friendly ghost look scary
BLIMEY, Spooks was positively cheery and life-affirming compared to this (Hunted, BBC1, Thursday).