how to pronounce ghost


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the above transcription of ghost is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

ghost is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of ghost in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… deserted ghost towns and there's boats …”

meanings of ghost


  1. The faint image that remains after an attempt to remove graffiti.
  2. White or pale.
  3. Perceived or listed but not real.
  4. A game in which players take turns to add a letter to a possible word, trying not to complete a word.
  5. Remnant; the remains of a(n).
  6. An unwanted image similar to and overlapping or adjacent to the main one on a television screen, caused by the transmitted image being received both directly and via reflection.
  7. A dead person whose identity is stolen by another. See ghosting.
  8. A ghostwriter.
  9. A false image formed in a telescope, camera, or other optical device by reflection from the surfaces of one or more lenses.
  10. Any faint shadowy semblance; an unsubstantial image.
  11. An opponent in a racing game that follows a previously recorded route, allowing players to compete against previous best times.
  12. An image of a file or hard disk.
  13. Of cryptid, supernatural or extraterrestrial nature.
  14. The spirit; the soul of man.
  15. Transparent or translucent.
  16. The disembodied soul; the soul or spirit of a deceased person; a spirit appearing after death.
  17. An unresponsive user on IRC, resulting from the user's client disconnecting without notifying the server.
  18. Abandoned.
  19. A covert (and deniable) agent.
  20. Substitute.
  21. An understudy.


  1. To sail seemingly without wind.
  2. To copy a file or hard drive image.
  3. To appear without warning; to move quickly and quietly; to slip.
  4. To die; to expire.
  5. To break up with someone without warning or explanation; to perform an act of ghosting.
  6. To ghostwrite.
  7. To forcibly disconnect an IRC user who is using one's reserved nickname.
  8. To haunt; to appear to in the form of an apparition.
  9. To kill.
  10. To gray out (a visual item) to indicate that it is unavailable.

ghost frequency in english - B2 level of CEFR

the word ghost occurs in english on average 27.3 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for B2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics ghost can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that ghost can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) people, society, and culture;

words with pronunciation similar to ghost


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