Poltergeist meaning

pōltər-gīst
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A ghost that manifests itself by noises, rappings, and the creation of disorder.
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A kind of ghost thought by some to be responsible for mysterious noisy disturbances.
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An unseen ghost which makes noises and causes disruption, especially by causing physical objects to move or fly about.
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Origin of poltergeist

  • German poltern to make noises (from Middle High German boldern) Geist ghost (from Middle High German) (from Old High German)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From German Polter (“rumble") + Geist (“spirit").

    From Wiktionary