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Synonyms for ghost

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ghost, shade, spook, wraith, specter, spectre(noun)

    a mental representation of some haunting experience

    "he looked like he had seen a ghost"; "it aroused specters from his past"

    phantasma, phantom, wraith, shade, shadowiness, shadiness, touch, weirdo, weirdy, nuance, weirdie, specter, tincture, ghostwriter, tint, nicety, apparition, trace, phantasm, tad, spectre, spook, subtlety, tone, creep, fantasm, refinement

  2. ghostwriter, ghost(noun)

    a writer who gives the credit of authorship to someone else

    ghostwriter, trace, touch, shade, specter, spook, wraith, spectre

  3. ghost(noun)

    the visible disembodied soul of a dead person

    ghostwriter, trace, touch, shade, specter, spook, wraith, spectre

  4. touch, trace, ghost(verb)

    a suggestion of some quality

    "there was a touch of sarcasm in his tone"; "he detected a ghost of a smile on her face"

    ghostwriter, jot, wraith, cutaneous senses, shade, touch sensation, tactual sensation, touch modality, touching, specter, shadow, signature, sense of touch, skin senses, tincture, soupcon, touch, speck, hint, trace, feeling, pinch, vestige, spectre, spook, mite, tinge, tracing, spot, tactile sensation, contact, suggestion

  5. ghost(verb)

    move like a ghost

    "The masked men ghosted across the moonlit yard"

    ghostwrite, obsess, haunt

  6. haunt, obsess, ghost(verb)

    haunt like a ghost; pursue

    "Fear of illness haunts her"

    frequent, ghostwrite, stalk, obsess, haunt

  7. ghost, ghostwrite(verb)

    write for someone else

    "How many books have you ghostwritten so far?"

    ghostwrite, obsess, haunt


  1. ghost(noun)

    An understudy.

    suggestion, hint, ghostwriter, phantom, apparition, haint, spectre, spark, glimmer, spirit, glimmering, spook, revenant, specter, glimpse, inkling, soul, wraith

  2. ghost(noun)

    A covert (and deniable) agent.

    glimmering, glimpse, spirit, spectre, spook, glimmer, spark, haint, soul, wraith, revenant, suggestion, phantom, apparition, hint, inkling, ghostwriter, specter

  3. ghost(noun)


  4. ghost(noun)

    To haunt.

    Then gives her grieved ghost thus to lament. \uE000102364 Spenser

    specter, spirit, spark, glimpse, spook, suggestion, phantom, apparition, ghostwriter, revenant, haint, soul, inkling, glimmering, wraith, spectre, glimmer, hint

  5. ghost(noun)

    To ghostwrite.

    specter, ghostwriter, spectre, revenant, spook, suggestion, glimmer, apparition, soul, hint, glimpse, glimmering, inkling, haint, spark, phantom, wraith, spirit

  6. ghost(noun)

    to copy a file or hard drive image.

    specter, inkling, spook, spectre, soul, glimmering, revenant, apparition, wraith, hint, glimmer, haint, spirit, ghostwriter, spark, suggestion, phantom, glimpse

  7. ghost(noun)

    A false image formed in a telescope, camera, or other optical device by reflection from the surfaces of one or more lenses.

    glimmering, wraith, haint, ghostwriter, spook, revenant, spectre, phantom, apparition, specter, spirit, hint, glimmer, spark, inkling, glimpse, suggestion, soul

  8. ghost(noun)

    An unwanted image similar to and overlapping or adjacent to the main one on a television screen, caused by the transmitted image being received both directly and via reflection.

    apparition, wraith, spook, soul, glimmering, spark, inkling, specter, ghostwriter, revenant, suggestion, haint, glimpse, spirit, spectre, glimmer, hint, phantom

  9. ghost(noun)

    A ghostwriter.

    spectre, revenant, suggestion, spook, soul, spark, haint, ghostwriter, glimmer, phantom, glimpse, hint, specter, wraith, spirit, inkling, glimmering, apparition

  10. ghost(noun)

    A nature spirit, ancestor or house spirit (see brownie ) revered in Heathenry.

    Before all else, we speak to the land to the ghosts and spirits of this place known to many as pixies, fairies, brownies, or elfs. (Math Jones)

    glimmer, wraith, suggestion, spirit, spectre, specter, hint, spook, revenant, glimpse, haint, apparition, soul, phantom, glimmering, ghostwriter, inkling, spark

  11. ghost(noun)

    An unresponsive user on IRC, resulting from the user's client disconnecting without notifying the server.

    soul, revenant, spirit, inkling, apparition, haint, ghostwriter, wraith, hint, glimmer, spook, glimmering, glimpse, specter, phantom, suggestion, spectre, spark

  12. ghost(noun)

    an image of a file or hard disk.

    specter, glimpse, spark, glimmer, soul, suggestion, spirit, revenant, phantom, glimmering, haint, wraith, ghostwriter, inkling, spook, spectre, hint, apparition

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. ghost

    spectre, apparition, spirit, vision, shade, phantom

    body, animal, organism

Editors Contribution

  1. haint

    an invisible, dead person or spirit

    alaina claimed she had seen a ghost in her bedroom, but the police officer thought she was hallucinating.

    Submitted by rinat on June 13, 2016  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. ghost(n.)

    spirit, soul

  2. ghost(n.)

    apparition, spectre, sprite, phantom, shade, GOBLIN, hobgoblin

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. ghost(n)

    shade, phantom, apparition, spectre, spook, revenant, sprite, wraith, spirit

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    phantom, ghosts, spectre, baneling, ghostbusters, specter, spook, bogey, shadow, apparition, spirit

Concise Medical Dictionary, by Joseph C Segen, MD

  1. ghost

    Haematology Erythrocyte ghost, ghost cell

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  1. ghost

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How to use ghost in a sentence?

  1. Abdul Latief:

    Small amounts of waste that we are hoarding in our homes can become a' big ghost', it can fill the guts of dead whales, and get stuck in the noses of dead turtles at sea.

  2. Granite City steelworker Dave Chrusciel:

    Many people here have a lot riding on the tariffs, without them, this would be a ghost town.

  3. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    Do the things you want to do; if you don’t, the things which keep you alive inside you die and you turn into a ghost!

  4. Natalie Portman:

    It is true I've only made a few films with women, in my long career, I've only gotten the chance to work with female directors a few times. I've made shorts, commercials, music videos and features with Marya Cohen, Mira Nair, Rebecca Zlotowski, Anna Rose Holmer, Sofia Coppola, Shirin Neshat, and Natalie Portman. Unfortunately, the unmade films I have tried to make are a ghost history.

  5. Craig Elder:

    People have just given up the ghost of buying the safest of the safe, and (long-dated corporates) is just where there's some value, and people can pick up some yield.

Translations for ghost

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  • روح, خيال, طيف, شبح, شَبَح, زولArabic
  • зданьBelarusian
  • duchCzech
  • genfærd, draug, sjæl, spøgelse, genganger, gespenst, åndDanish
  • Erscheinung, Schatten, Geist, Phantom, Spuk, GespenstGerman
  • φάντασμα, σκιάGreek
  • fantomoEsperanto
  • espíritu, aparecido, sombra, alma, fantasma, espectro, apariciónSpanish
  • شبحPersian
  • haamu, aave, haamukuva, henki, sielu, kangastus, kummitusFinnish
  • andi, spøkilsi, dreygurFaroese
  • fantôme, revenant, spectre, esprit, apparition, fantasmeFrench
  • spoekWestern Frisian
  • taibhseIrish
  • scaanjoon, scaa, scaanManx
  • רוח רפאיםHebrew
  • भूतHindi
  • szellemHungarian
  • ուրվական, հոգիArmenian
  • hantu, polong, roh, dedemitan, momokIndonesian
  • lemure, fantasma, spettro, apparizione, ombra, simulacro, fantasima, spirito, larva, animaItalian
  • רוּחַHebrew
  • 化け物, お化け, 怨霊, 魂魄, 妖魔, 変化, 物の怪, 死霊, 妖怪, 幽鬼, 精霊, 魂, 霊, ゴースト, 幽霊, 亡霊Japanese
  • ខ្មោចKhmer
  • ಪ್ರೇತKannada
  • 유령Korean
  • sanctusLatin
  • hantuMalay
  • gespens, geest, spook, verschijning, schim, spooksel, fantoomDutch
  • spøkelseNorwegian
  • chʼį́įdiiNavajo, Navaho
  • duchPolish
  • aventesma, avejão, simulacro, fantasma, sombra, alma, espírito, abantesma, abentesma, lêmure, larva, aparição, assombração, espectro, avantesmaPortuguese
  • spiert, spértRomansh
  • fantomăRomanian
  • фанто́м, привиде́ние, при́зрак, призракRussian
  • fantazmë, lugat, gogolAlbanian
  • spSwedish
  • பேய்Tamil
  • దెయ్యంTelugu
  • ผีThai
  • hayaletTurkish
  • прима́ра, ма́рево, ма́ра, приви́д, фанто́м, привидUkrainian
  • گھوسٹUrdu
  • maVietnamese
  • גייַסטYiddish
  • Chinese

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