Ghostly

  • 1 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 …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 ghostly — O.E. gastlic spiritual, holy; clerical; also ghostly, spectral, pertaining to or characteristic of a ghost; see GHOST (Cf. ghost) + LY (Cf. ly) (1). Related: Ghostliness …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 3 Ghostly — Ghost ly, adv. Spiritually; mystically. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 4 ghostly — index nonsubstantial (not sturdy) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 ghostly — [adj] spooky apparitional, cadaverous, corpselike, deathlike, divine, eerie, eidolic, ghastly, haunted, holy, illusory, insubstantial, pale, phantasmal, phantom, scary, shadowy, spectral, spiritual, supernatural, uncanny, unearthly, vampiric, wan …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 ghostly — ► ADJECTIVE (ghostlier, ghostliest) ▪ of or like a ghost; eerie and unnatural …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 ghostly — [gōst′lē] adj. ghostlier, ghostliest [ME gostlich < OE gastlic, spiritual, spectral] 1. of, like, or characteristic of a ghost; spectral 2. Now Rare having to do with the soul or religion; spiritual ghostliness n …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 ghostly — [[t]go͟ʊstli[/t]] 1) ADJ: usu ADJ n Something that is ghostly seems unreal or unnatural and may be frightening because of this. The moon shone, shedding a ghostly light on the fields. ...Sonia s ghostly laughter. 2) ADJ: ADJ n A ghostly presence… …

    English dictionary

  • 9 ghostly — UK [ˈɡəʊs(t)lɪ] / US [ˈɡoʊs(t)lɪ] adjective Word forms ghostly : adjective ghostly comparative ghostlier superlative ghostliest reminding you of a ghost a ghostly light/form/sound ghostly pale …

    English dictionary

  • 10 ghostly — adjective slightly frightening and seeming to be connected with ghosts or spirits: a ghostly stare ghostly adverb: ghostly pale ghostliness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 ghostly — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} adj. Ghostly is used with these nouns: ↑echo, ↑figure, ↑glow, ↑presence, ↑shape, ↑silhouette {{Roman}}II.{{/Roman}} adv. Ghostly is used with these adjectives: ↑pale …

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  • 12 ghostly — ghost|ly [ goustli ] adjective reminding you of a GHOST: a ghostly light/form/sound ghostly pale …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 ghostly — /ˈgoʊstli/ (say gohstlee) adjective (ghostlier, ghostliest) 1. of or relating to a ghost; spectral. 2. pale or indistinct, as a ghost: ghostly asteroids. –adverb 3. in the manner or style of a ghost: ghostly white. –ghostliness, noun …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 14 ghostly — adjective (ghostlier; est) Date: before 12th century 1. of or relating to the soul ; spiritual 2. of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a ghost ; spectral • ghostliness noun • ghostly adverb …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 15 ghostly — ghost|ly [ˈgəustli US ˈgoust ] adj slightly frightening and seeming to be related to ghosts or spirits ▪ a ghostly figure in a white dress …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 ghostly — adjective a ghostly vision at the end of the hallway Syn: spectral, ghostlike, phantom, wraithlike, phantasmal, phantasmic; unearthly, unnatural, supernatural; insubstantial, shadowy; eerie, weird, uncanny; frightening, spine chilling, hair… …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 17 ghostly — ghostliness, n. /gohst lee/, adj., ghostlier, ghostliest. 1. of, characteristic of, or resembling a ghost; phantasmal; spectral. 2. Literary. spiritual. [bef. 900; ME; OE gastlic. See GHOST, LY] Syn. 1. wraithlike, phantom, ghostlike, unearthly.… …

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  • 18 ghostly — adjective a) Of or pertaining to ghosts or spirituality. b) Spooky; frightening …

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  • 19 ghostly — Synonyms and related words: airy, asomatous, astral, blue, bodiless, cadaverous, corpselike, creepy, deadly, deathlike, deathly, deathly pale, decarnate, decarnated, discarnate, disembodied, ectoplasmic, eerie, ethereal, etheric, extramundane,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 20 ghostly — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. ghostlike, spectral, phantasmal. See demon. II (Roget s IV) modif. 1. [Concerning a ghost] Syn. ghostlike, pale, wan; see frightful 1 . 2. [Concerning the soul] Syn. spiritual, holy, religious; see… …

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