Definitions

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

  • noun A ghost that manifests itself by noises, rappings, and the creation of disorder.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A ghost or spirit that indicates its presence by the sound of moving objects, knocks, and similar noises.

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  • noun An unseen ghost which makes noises and causes disruption, especially by causing physical objects to move or fly about.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a ghost that announces its presence with rapping and the creation of disorder

Etymologies

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

[German : poltern, to make noises (from Middle High German boldern) + Geist, ghost (from Middle High German, from Old High German).]

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From German Polter ("rumble") + Geist ("spirit").

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