Other Word Forms of Ghastly
Origin of Ghastly
From a derivation of Old English gǣstan (“to torment, frighten”) with the suffix -lic. Equivalent to ghast/gast + -ly. Spelling with 'gh' developed 16th century from confusion with ghost; cf. also ghostly.
Alteration (influenced by ghost) of Middle English gastli from gasten to terrify aghast
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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