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adjective as in frightening

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adjective as in horrible, frightening

  • distressing
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  • apprehensive
  • high-strung
  • nervous wreck
  • on pins and needles
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adjective as in scary, shocking

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It’s always interesting and well-directed, even when we’re fed horror cliches galore, from spooky dollhouses to things lurking in the basement.

Thanks to campfire tales and multimillion-dollar horror flicks, spooky notions can infiltrate our subconscious even without any real-life supernatural encounters.

In fact, “investors may be convinced that Halloween was purposely placed in October because the market’s actions can be so spooky,” CFRA’s Sam Stovall wrote in a recent note.

So much so that CFRA’s Stovall quips, “Investors may be convinced that Halloween was purposely placed in October because the market’s actions can be so spooky.”

For example, key to the quantum internet is entanglement — that “spooky action at a distance” in which particles are linked across time and space, and measuring the properties of one particle instantly reveals the other’s properties.

Warne looked—in the words of the Daily Mail—“like a spooky waxwork.”

Spooky Tooth had reformed quite a while before I received the call and were touring quite often.

When we all saw this, both my brothers turned to look at me in the car and pulled ‘spooky’ faces at me.

“As much as I love sunny meadows and bunnies, I also love spooky forests with owls,” she says.

Formerly a playground for Sunday school kids, it has a spooky, cloistered feel to it.

I don't believe there is anything spooky about that building.

"I hate to go through the grove, it's so spooky," she said, as they hurried along.

And again the ghostly hoot of the owl made the little patch of woods seem more spooky and lonesome.

A lonely owl answered with a dismal shriek from a distant tree, making the night seem still more spooky.

Those were gnomes—the real spooky, spinky kind that give you the shivers up and down your back when they're out gnoming.

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On this page you'll find 44 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to spooky, such as: chilling, creepy, eerie, ghostly, mysterious, and ominous.

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  • eerie fear, creepy
  • uncanny eerie, fear
  • scary creepy, frightening
  • ghostly eerie, frightening
  • weird eerie, fear
  • unearthly eerie, frightening
  • creepy frightening, scary
  • mysterious eerie, frightening
  • supernatural weird, like an apparition
  • ominous weird
  • spine-chilling
  • haunted like an apparition, visited by ghosts
  • frightening
  • ghostlike like an apparition
  • hair-raising
  • macabre creepy, scary
  • ghastly wraithlike, creepy
  • eldritch macabre
  • menacing ominous

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  • supernatural
  • metaphysical
  • enigmatical
  • inscrutable
  • unaccustomed
  • preternatural

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  • commonplace
  • unremarkable
  • unexceptional
  • predictable
  • disquieting
  • distressing
  • distressful
  • embarrassing
  • nerve - wracking
  • nerve - racking
  • nail - biting
  • troublesome
  • discouraging
  • disheartening
  • comfortable

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like or befitting a spook or ghost; suggestive of spooks .

eerie; scary.

(especially of horses) nervous; skittish.

Origin of spooky

Other words from spooky.

  • spook·i·ly, adverb
  • spook·i·ness, noun

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How to use spooky in a sentence

It’s always interesting and well-directed, even when we’re fed horror cliches galore, from spooky dollhouses to things lurking in the basement.

Thanks to campfire tales and multimillion-dollar horror flicks, spooky notions can infiltrate our subconscious even without any real-life supernatural encounters.

In fact, “investors may be convinced that Halloween was purposely placed in October because the market’s actions can be so spooky ,” CFRA’s Sam Stovall wrote in a recent note.

So much so that CFRA’s Stovall quips, “Investors may be convinced that Halloween was purposely placed in October because the market’s actions can be so spooky .”

For example, key to the quantum internet is entanglement — that “ spooky action at a distance” in which particles are linked across time and space, and measuring the properties of one particle instantly reveals the other’s properties.

Warne looked—in the words of the Daily Mail—“like a spooky waxwork.”

spooky Tooth had reformed quite a while before I received the call and were touring quite often.

When we all saw this, both my brothers turned to look at me in the car and pulled ‘ spooky ’ faces at me.

“As much as I love sunny meadows and bunnies, I also love spooky forests with owls,” she says.

Formerly a playground for Sunday school kids, it has a spooky , cloistered feel to it.

I don't believe there is anything spooky about that building.

"I hate to go through the grove, it's so spooky ," she said, as they hurried along.

And again the ghostly hoot of the owl made the little patch of woods seem more spooky and lonesome.

A lonely owl answered with a dismal shriek from a distant tree, making the night seem still more spooky .

Those were gnomes—the real spooky , spinky kind that give you the shivers up and down your back when they're out gnoming.

British Dictionary definitions for spooky

/ ( ˈspuːkɪ ) /

ghostly or eerie : a spooky house

resembling or appropriate to a ghost

US easily frightened; highly strung

Derived forms of spooky

  • spookily , adverb
  • spookiness , noun

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Definition of spooky adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  • a spooky old house
  • a spooky atmosphere
  • I was just thinking about her when she phoned. Spooky!
  • It got a bit spooky when James started telling ghost stories.

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  • awesomeness
  • bloodcurdling
  • frightening
  • frighteningly
  • intimidating
  • intimidatingly
  • scarifyingly
  • terrifyingly
  • traumatically

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