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Definition of "spook" [spook]

  • Informal A ghost; a specter. (noun)
  • Slang A secret agent; a spy. (noun)
  • Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for a Black person. (noun)
  • To haunt. (verb-transitive)
  • To startle and cause nervous activity in; frighten: The news spooked investors, and stock prices fell. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "spook" in a sentence
  • "I love the teeny torpedo for my home river fishing smallies, and the spook is a close second for Smallmouth also."
  • "What if you pee of your stand and a monster buck walks by and happens to spook from the smell."
  • "The super spook is my favorite top water muskie bait for the spring."