Ghostly Ghost"ly, a. [OE. gastlich, gostlich, AS. g[=a]stlic. See {Ghost}.] 1. Relating to the soul; not carnal or secular; spiritual; as, a ghostly confessor. [1913 Webster]

Save and defend us from our ghostly enemies. --Book of Common Prayer [Ch. of Eng. ] [1913 Webster]

One of the gostly children of St. Jerome. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

2. Of or pertaining to apparitions. --Akenside. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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