adjective, ghost·li·er, ghost·li·est.

  1. of, characteristic of, or resembling a ghost; phantasmal; spectral.
  2. Literary. spiritual.

adjective -lier or -liest

  1. of or resembling a ghost; spectrala ghostly face appeared at the window
  2. suggesting the presence of ghosts; eerie
  3. archaic of or relating to the soul or spirit

Old English gastlic “spiritual, holy; clerical;” also “ghostly, spectral, pertaining to or characteristic of a ghost;” see ghost + -ly (1). Related: Ghostliness.

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