Ghostly meaning

gōstlē
Of, relating to, or resembling a ghost, a wraith, or an apparition; spectral.
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Of, like, or characteristic of a ghost; spectral.
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(now rare) Having to do with the soul or religion; spiritual.
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Of or pertaining to ghosts or spirits.

A ghostly figure with a hood.

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Relating to the soul; not carnal or secular; spiritual.

A ghostly confessor.

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Of or relating to the soul or spirit; spiritual.
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Origin of ghostly

  • From Middle English gostly, gastlich, from Old English gāstlīċ (“spiritual, holy, clerical (not lay), ghastly, ghostly, spectral”), equivalent to ghost +‎ -ly. Cognate with Scots gostly, gastly, gaistlie (“spiritual, ghastly, terrifying”), West Frisian geastlik (“spiritual, clerical, religious”), Dutch geestelijk (“spiritual, clerical, ecclesiastical”), German geistlich (“spiritual, sacred, religious”), Danish geistlig (“ecclesiastical, clerical”).

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