Definitions

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

  • transitive verb To frighten; scare.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To terrify; frighten; strike aghast.
  • noun A Middle English form of ghost.

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

  • transitive verb obsolete To make aghast; to frighten; to terrify. See aghast.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb obsolete To frighten

Etymologies

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

[Middle English gasten, from Old English gǣstan, from gāst, ghost.]

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From Middle English gasten, from Old English gǣstan.

Examples

  • It was what they call a gast-rolle night at the Royal Grand

    Vanity Fair

  • It was what they call a gast-rolle night at the Royal Grand Ducal

    Vanity Fair

  • Other English words that follow this odd convention include guide (from Old French guider), guest (interestingly from Old French jest, although there's also an older German word gast, and the two managed to somehow combine).

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  • Even with that $30 gast tax relief, that still a lot of coupons to clip.

    Hillary Drops New Indiana Mailer Attacking Obama On Guns, "Bitter" Comments

  • At this point, the reader's gast is so flabbered that she can only gape in amazement when the novelist finally remembers...the plot!

    Thunk

  • These crazy employers no know say people don dey old so, they gast raise our pay, BASTARDS!

    VILLA RECAP, TRIP, GAMBLE & SHOUTOUTS!

  • Bloggers it is a manner of orientation most of our parents are difficult but we still manage them therefore if one individual decides to play hardball with a group of people for four years then dem gast take am be that.

    E break Convenant?

  • At this point, the reader's gast is so flabbered that she can only gape in amazement when the novelist finally remembers...the plot!

    The Little Professor:

  • Mountjoy here today doing the old 2+2=5 shuffle on jobs, benefits and gast arbeiters unintentionally says it all in a comment at LDV - it would be political opportunism of the worst kind:

    LDV Poll: Should Lib Dems Stir Shit on EU?

  • Mountjoy here today doing the old 2+2=5 shuffle on jobs, benefits and gast arbeiters unintentionally says it all in a comment at LDV - it would be political opportunism of the worst kind:

    Archive 2007-08-26

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