from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A ghost that manifests itself by noises, rappings, and the creation of disorder.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An unseen ghost which makes noises and causes disruption, especially by causing physical objects to move or fly about.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A ghost or spirit that indicates its presence by the sound of moving objects, knocks, and similar noises.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a ghost that announces its presence with rapping and the creation of disorder
German : poltern, to make noises (from Middle High German boldern) + Geist, ghost (from Middle High German, from Old High German).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From German Polter ("rumble") + Geist ("spirit"). (Wiktionary)