a kind of ghost thought by some to be responsible for mysterious noisy disturbances
Origin of poltergeistGerman from poltern, to make noise, rumble ( from Indo-European base an unverified form bhel- from source bell) + geist, ghost
A ghost that manifests itself by noises, rappings, and the creation of disorder.
Origin of poltergeistGerman poltern to make noises ( from Middle High German boldern ) Geist ghost ( from Middle High German) ( from Old High German)
(plural poltergeists or poltergeister)