From Middle English gost, gast, from Old English gāst (“breath, soul, spirit, ghost, being”), from Proto-Germanic *gaistaz (“ghost, spirit”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰeyzd-, *ǵʰizd-, *ǵʰeysd-, *ǵʰisd- (“anger, agitation”). Cognate with Scots ghaist (“ghost”), Saterland Frisian Gäist (“spirit”), West Frisian geast (“spirit”), Dutch geest (“spirit, mind, ghost”), German Geist (“spirit, mind, intellect”), Swedish gast (“ghost”), Sanskrit हेड (heḍa, “anger, hatred”).
- (dated) The spirit; the soul of man.
- The disembodied soul; the soul or spirit of a deceased person; a spirit appearing after death; an apparition; a specter.
- Everyone believed that the of an old lady haunted the crypt.
- Any faint shadowy semblance; an unsubstantial image; a phantom; a glimmering.
not a of a chance; the of an idea
- A false image formed in a telescope, camera, or other optical device by reflection from the surfaces of one or more lenses.
- An unwanted image similar to and overlapping or adjacent to the main one on a television screen, caused by the transmitted image being received both directly and via reflection.
- A ghostwriter.
- (Internet) An unresponsive user on IRC, resulting from the user's client disconnecting without notifying the server.
- (computing) An image of a file or hard disk.
- (theater) An understudy.
- (espionage) A covert (and deniable) agent.
- The faint image that remains after an attempt to remove graffiti.
- (video games) An opponent in a racing game that follows a previously recorded route, allowing players to compete against previous best times.
- A dead person whose identity is stolen by another. See ghosting.
- (attributive, in names of species) White or pale.
ghost slug; ghostberry; ghostflower; ghost crab; ghost bat
- (attributive, in names of species) Transparent or translucent.
ghost ant; ghost catfish; ghost nipper; ghost nudibranch
- (attributive) Abandoned.
ghost town; ghost net; ghost ramp; ghost ship
- (attributive) The remains of.
ghost cell; ghost crater; ghost image
- (attributive) Perceived or listed but not real.
ghost pain; ghost cellphone vibration; ghost island; ghost voter
- (attributive) Of cryptid, supernatural or extraterrestrial nature.
ghost rocket; ghost deer; ghost cat
- (attributive) Substitute.
ghost writer; ghost band; ghost singer