Wraith vs Spook - What's the difference?

wraith | spook |


As nouns the difference between wraith and spook

is that wraith is a ghost or specter, especially seen just after a person's death while spook is a spirit returning to haunt a place.

As a verb spook is

to scare or frighten.

wraith

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • A ghost or specter, especially seen just after a person's death.
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    Derived terms

    * wraithish * wraithful * wraithlike

    See also

    * (wikipedia "wraith")

    spook

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A spirit returning to haunt a place.
  • The visit to the old cemetery brought scary visions of spooks and ghosts.
  • A ghost or an apparition.
  • The building was haunted by a couple of spooks .
  • A hobgoblin.
  • (espionage) A spy.
  • * 2009 , "Spies like them", BBC News Magazine (online), 24 July 2009:
  • From Ian Fleming to John Le Carre - authors have long been fascinated by the world of espionage. But, asks the BBC’s Gordon Corera, what do real life spooks make of fictional spies?
  • * 2012 , The Economist, Oct 13th 2012, Huawei and ZTE: Put on hold
  • The congressional study frets that Huawei’s and ZTE’s products could be used as Trojan horses by Chinese spooks .
  • A scare or fright.
  • The big spider gave me a spook .
  • (dated, pejorative) A black person.
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    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To scare or frighten.
  • To startle or frighten an animal
  • The movement in the bushes spooked the deer and they ran.

    Derived terms

    * spookiness * spookish * spook out * spooky

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