1informal A ghost.
- ‘Judge Steve Evans takes on these unspooky spooks and non-existent ghosts - and he doesn't mind one bit.’
- ‘In their flower-powered custom van, the Mystery Machine, this teenage detective agency prowls the countryside in search of suspicious spooks and phony phantoms.’
- ‘The Ghosts Of Pac-Man asks a number of searching questions about the blamanche-like spooks in the early eighties video arcade game.’
- ‘However, Scary Stories has neither the laughs nor the spooks to make it a howling success.’
- ‘And nothing is scary here - not the glitter ghosts, not the fake cemetery spooks that make Ed Wood's graveyard look downright realistic, and definitely not the dopey looking undead who stumble drunkenly around.’
- ‘‘I was using the word spooks,’ Silk wearily protests, ‘in its customary and primary meaning: ‘spook’ as a specter or a ghost.’’
- ‘In this one, the team helps Walter Catlett and his daughters oust the spooks who are haunting the old house they've inherited, which is right next door to a nightclub.’
- ‘As the end credits rolled I thought to myself, ‘Hey, where the heck are the spooks?’’
- ‘Once the spooks speak, we get a little immersive action.’
- ‘Ireland is, after all, the ancestral home of spooks, goblins and faeries, and this piece seems haunted six times over.’
- ‘They said that he only came out at night to eat cats and squirrels, and he was the local spook.’
- ‘Don't let the undeniably spooky DVD box art fool you: That toothy spook only appears a few times and not in any sort of pervasive or effective manner.’
- ‘Oh, yeah a stupid Xmas spook shows up to complete the episode's main purpose.’
- ‘Lillard is psychic, which means he can find a spook if it gets out, except, when it comes to it, he can't.’
2North American informal A spy.
secret agent, undercover agent, enemy agent, foreign agent, secret service agent, intelligence agent, double agent, counterspy, industrial spy, fifth columnist, mole, plant, scout
- ‘a CIA spook’
- ‘Burke hooks Clayton in by suggesting that his father, who died under mysterious circumstances 10 years earlier, may actually have been a CIA spook as well.’
- ‘‘Nobody ever heard of paying spooks until we began the practice,’ said ancient Abraham, cackling wheezily.’
- ‘The recent string of intelligence failures has provoked calls for creating a Director of National Intelligence who would have broad oversight over all spooks.’
- ‘Upon returning to the U.S., Williams hears from a friend, an ex-Pentagon spook named Ken Ritz.’
- ‘A lip-reading spook may be following an outdoor conversation through binoculars.’
- ‘When the original pilot for The Dating Game goes nowhere, he is recruited by a CIA spook and sent to Mexico to make his first kill.’
- ‘I really did want to write about crime, espionage, and politics, from the position that all spooks have got to be bad guys.’
- ‘A trip to a deserted carnival turns up a team of spooks intent on scaring everyone away.’
- ‘Dredged from central casting are U.S. spooks on a renegade mission to kill him.’
- ‘He's a joy as the completely amoral spook who suddenly finds himself sliding out of his depth in a vortex of shifting loyalties.’
- ‘The Pentagon vigorously opposes that recommendation, but even a rookie spook can figure out that big changes are in the air.’
- ‘‘The spooks and their uniformed agencies are both part of a smokescreen to divert attention from the real culprits,’ he said.’
- ‘The picture is best when it makes fun of the pompous self-importance of spooks, and dares to portray the political and military establishment as an empire of idiots.’
- ‘I wouldn't let them operate or give me a shot until a spook from our Embassy in Mexico City came down and stayed with me day and night in the bed next to me for four days.’
3US offensive, dated A black person.
transitive verb[with object]
1informal Frighten; unnerve.
appal, horrify, shock, shake, shake up
- ‘they spooked a couple of grizzly bears’
- 1.1no object (especially of an animal) take fright suddenly.
frighten, make afraid, make fearful, make nervous, panic, throw into a panic
- ‘he'll spook if we make any noise’
Early 19th century from Dutch, of unknown origin.
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