ghost

A ghost is the spirit of a person who's died. In most stories and myths, ghosts are pale, translucent, and wispy.

Throughout history, the idea that a person's soul or spirit can remain visible after her death has been common. Some of us long to see the ghost of a loved relative, while others are terrified of the very idea. From this main idea, the word ghost has also come to mean the hint or shade of something: "The ghost of a smile remained on her lips." The Old English root is gast, "spirit," and also "breath."

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: ghost

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the visible disembodied soul of a dead person
move like a ghost
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a writer who gives the credit of authorship to someone else
write for someone else
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: ghost
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n the visible disembodied soul of a dead person

Types:
poltergeist
a ghost that announces its presence with rapping and the creation of disorder
revenant
someone who has returned from the dead
Type of:
psyche, soul
the immaterial part of a person; the actuating cause of an individual life

n a mental representation of some haunting experience

“he looked like he had seen a ghost
Synonyms:
shade, specter, spectre, spook, wraith
Type of:
apparition, fantasm, phantasm, phantasma, phantom, shadow
something existing in perception only

n a suggestion of some quality

“he detected a ghost of a smile on her face”
Synonyms:
touch, trace
Type of:
proffer, proposition, suggestion
a proposal offered for acceptance or rejection

v move like a ghost

“The masked men ghosted across the moonlit yard”
Type of:
go, locomote, move, travel
change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

v haunt like a ghost; pursue

Synonyms:
haunt, obsess
Type of:
preoccupy
engage or engross the interest or attention of beforehand or occupy urgently or obsessively
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n a writer who gives the credit of authorship to someone else

Synonyms:
ghostwriter
Type of:
author, writer
writes (books or stories or articles or the like) professionally (for pay)

v write for someone else

Synonyms:
ghostwrite
Type of:
author
be the author of
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