American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A ghost that manifests itself by noises, rappings, and the creation of disorder.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A ghost or spirit that indicates its presence by the sound of moving objects, knocks, and similar noises.
- n. An unseen ghost which makes noises and causes disruption, especially by causing physical objects to move or fly about.
- n. a ghost that announces its presence with rapping and the creation of disorder
- From German Polter ("rumble") + Geist ("spirit"). (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“The term poltergeist is German for “noisy spirit.””
“I mean, it didnÃ¢â ‚ ¬â „ ¢t catch the zeitgeist of the country like E.T. but of course these are 2 completely different kinds of movies. poltergeist is a horror film which at the time was projecting HollywoodÃ¢â ‚ ¬â „ ¢s fears of the TV or namely the influx of a little thing called home video ..”
“Lastly, I think poltergeist is not all that dated.”
“The good news: the world's most trivial poltergeist is no longer haunting our clock.”
“It's a sort of evil spirit that plays tricks," explained Tuppence who in reality knew very little of the subject, and was not even sure that she had got the word poltergeist right.”
““Being asked, further, whether she had ever considered that what she called the poltergeist was more probably some mischievous person who was taking advantage of the fact that the house had a ghostly reputation among the villagers, she replied that she ‘had thought of it, of course,’ and added: ‘We always investigated each house we took of this kind to make sure nobody was playing about.”
“When the family returns to the kid’s room, the young Carol Anne, who served almost as a conduit to the poltergeist, is nowhere to be found.”
“Edward Morris 11:57 pm: My poltergeist was a junkie, and a great jazz musician.”
“Swelk waggled her sensor stalks in amused confusion ... the thing Kyle called a poltergeist baffled her translation program.”
“There isn't a single thing about any of us that hasn't been documented: the teleportation of the Yogi, the telekinetics of some gamblers, the idiot savant mathematicians, and most of all, the so-called poltergeist, the moving about of household goods through the instrumentation of a young girl.”
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