Was sick for months and finally gave up the ghost.
When someone is trying really hard not to smile and you only see a faint little hint of their lips quirking up, this is an example of when you see a ghost of a smile.
When a person is murdered and her spirit comes back to haunt the murderer, this is an example of a ghost.
- An unwanted image on a television or radar screen caused by reflected waves.
- A displaced image in a photograph caused by the optical system of the camera.
- An unwanted spectral line caused by imperfections in a diffraction grating.
- A displaced image in a mirror caused by reflection from the front of the glass.
Was hired to ghost the memoirs of a famous executive.
Not a ghost of a chance; the ghost of an idea.
Ghost cell; ghost crater; ghost image.
Ghost pain; ghost cellphone vibration; ghost island; ghost voter.
Origin of ghost
- Middle English gost from Old English gāst breath, spirit
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English gost, gast, from Old English gāst (“breath, soul, spirit, ghost, being”), from Proto-Germanic *gaistaz (“ghost, spirit”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰeizd-, *ǵʰizd- (“anger, agitation”), *ǵʰeysd-, *ǵʰisd- (“anger, agitation”). Cognate with Scots ghaist (“ghost”), West Frisian geast (“spirit”), Dutch geest (“spirit, mind, ghost”), German Geist (“spirit, mind, intellect”), Swedish gast (“ghost”), Sanskrit हेड (heḍa, “anger, hatred”).