Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A ghostly double of a living person, especially one that haunts its fleshly counterpart.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A spiritual or ghostly double or counterpart; esp., an apparitional double of a living person; a cowalker.

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  • noun Alternative spelling of doppelganger.

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  • noun a ghostly double of a living person that haunts its living counterpart

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[German, a double : doppel, double (from French double; see double) + Gänger, goer (from Gang, a going, from Middle High German ganc, from Old High German).]

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    January 30, 2008

  • A doppelgänger or fetch is the ghostly double of a living person, a sinister form of bilocation.

    September 27, 2008

  • 2. alter ego

    Part of Speech: noun

    Definition: other side to personality

    Synonyms: doppelganger, evil twin, second self

    3. alter ego

    Part of Speech: noun

    Definition: companion

    Synonyms: buddy, chum, confidante, counterpart, doppelganger*, pal, soul mate

    * = informal/non-formal usage

    4. counterpart

    Part of Speech: noun

    Definition: match; identical part or thing

    Synonyms: analogue, carbon copy, complement, copy, correlate, correlative, correspondent, dead ringer, ditto*, doppelganger , duplicate, equal, equivalent, fellow, like, look alike, mate, obverse, opposite, opposite number, peas in a pod, pendant, ringer, spit and image, spitting image, supplement, tally, twin, two of a kind

    5. poltergeist

    Part of Speech: noun

    Definition: ghost

    Synonyms: apparition, appearance, banshee, demon, doppelganger , haunter, kelpie, phantasm, phantom, revenant, specter, spirit, spook, vision, visitor

    6. specter

    Part of Speech: noun

    Definition: ghost

    Synonyms: apparition, appearance, demon, doppelganger , phantasm, phantom, poltergeist, presence, shadow, spirit, spook, vision

    7. spitting image

    Part of Speech: noun

    Definition: exact likeness

    Synonyms: Doppelganger , carbon copy, clone, copy, dead ringer, double, duplicate, eidetic image, exact counterpart, exact duplicate, exact likeness, facsimile, image of, likeness, living image, living picture, look-alike, lookalike, match, mirror image, picture of, replica, ringer, spit and image, twin, very image

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