Definition of spook verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

spook

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verb
BrE BrE//spuːk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//spuːk//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they spook
BrE BrE//spuːk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//spuːk//
 
he / she / it spooks
BrE BrE//spuːks//
 
; NAmE NAmE//spuːks//
 
past simple spooked
BrE BrE//spuːkt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//spuːkt//
 
past participle spooked
BrE BrE//spuːkt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//spuːkt//
 
-ing form spooking
BrE BrE//ˈspuːkɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈspuːkɪŋ//
 
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[transitive, usually passive, intransitive] spook (somebody/something) (informal, especially North American English) to frighten a person or an animal; to become frightened We were spooked by the strange noises and lights. The horse spooked at the siren. See related entries: Fear Word Origin early 19th cent.: from Dutch, of unknown origin.
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