I. noun Etymology: Dutch; akin to Middle Low German spōk ghost Date: 1801 1. ghost, specter 2. an undercover agent ; spyspookish adjective II. verb Date: 1883 transitive verb 1. haunt 3 2. to make frightened or frantic ; scare; especially to startle into violent activity (as stampeding) intransitive verb to become spooked <
cattle spooking at shadows

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  • spook — informal ► NOUN 1) a ghost. 2) chiefly N. Amer. a spy. ► VERB ▪ frighten or become frightened. ORIGIN Dutch …   English terms dictionary

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  • spook — I UK [spuːk] / US [spuk] verb Word forms spook : present tense I/you/we/they spook he/she/it spooks present participle spooking past tense spooked past participle spooked informal a) [transitive] to make someone suddenly feel frightened or… …   English dictionary

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