Definition of spooky in English:



  • 1Sinister or ghostly in a way that causes fear and unease.

    ‘I bet this place is really spooky late at night’
    • ‘He rushes out into the cornfield at the same time as his brother and there is more spooky whispering running through the corn.’
    • ‘I also love the spooky scene when Bowman appears on his wife's TV.’
    • ‘As cheesy horror, the movie offers plenty of jump scares, spooky atmosphere, and bloody carnage.’
    • ‘The downright spooky supernatural aura enhances the staying power of this film in your mind.’
    • ‘His spooky elfin protagonists are seditious and superb at each alternate glance.’
    • ‘The shocks aren't shocking, the spooks aren't spooky and any whispers of fear are swamped by the daftness of the plot.’
    • ‘The village is unpeopled, which makes it spooky.’
    • ‘Seen at night, the structure became quite spooky.’
    • ‘The production design of the spaceship itself is otherworldly and spooky.’
    • ‘Jigsaw has locked a bunch of strangers in a spooky old house with nerve gas slowly killing them off.’
    • ‘The less said about the spooky music and creepy lighting the better.’
    • ‘The effect is uncannily scary and spooky - you can almost hear the bones rattling.’
    • ‘That picture, especially combined with the title of this post, is just plain spooky.’
    • ‘The constant intrusion of spooky music telling us that we should be really frightened achieves overkill long before the end of the film's running time.’
    • ‘The makers were more interested in telling us the movie is spooky than actually making it spooky.’
    • ‘These tracking shots lend a mysterious, sometimes spooky quality to the film.’
    • ‘There's something wrong with the dusty old ranch house, though, as strange sounds and spooky visions begin to haunt the crooks.’
    • ‘Their scenes together are riveting and the film builds a spooky and unsettling atmosphere with great economy, while providing a rare insight into small towns and stunted lives.’
    • ‘It is wild, beautiful, passionate, spooky and direct.’
    • ‘They are spooky, eerie and atmospheric but they're not necessarily centred in that.’
    eerie, sinister, ghostly, uncanny, weird, unearthly, mysterious
    frightening, spine-chilling, hair-raising, scaring, terrifying, petrifying, chilling
    creepy, scary, spine-tingling
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  • 2North American Easily frightened; nervous.

    ‘some horses are more spooky by nature than others’