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spook (n.)

1801年,"幽灵、幽灵、鬼魂",来自荷兰语 spook ,来自中荷兰语 spooc "幽灵、鬼魂",来自常见的日耳曼语源(德语 Spuk "幽灵、幽灵",中低德语 spok "幽灵",瑞典语 spok "稻草人",挪威语 spjok "幽灵、幽灵",丹麦语 spøg "笑话"),来源不明。根据克莱因的消息来源,可能的外部联系包括莱特语 spigana "龙,女巫", spiganis "will o' the wisp",立陶宛语 spingu, spingėti "to shine",古普鲁士语 spanksti "spark"。

意为"卧底",从1942年就有证据。"黑人"的贬义种族意义从20世纪40年代开始得到证明,也许是源于黑皮肤在夜间难以看到的概念。二战期间在塔斯基吉学院受训的黑人飞行员自称 Spookwaffe

spook (v.)

1867年,"走路或像鬼一样",出自 spook (n.)。意为"使人不安",出自1935年。相关链接: Spooked ; spooking

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Definitions of spook from WordNet
1
spook (n.)
someone unpleasantly strange or eccentric;
Synonyms: creep / weirdo / weirdie / weirdy
spook (n.)
a mental representation of some haunting experience;
Synonyms: ghost / shade / wraith / specter / spectre
2
spook (v.)
frighten or scare, and often provoke into a violent action;
The noise spooked the horse
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