UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈpɒltərgaɪst/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈpoʊltɚˌgaɪst/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(pōltər gīst′)

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
pol•ter•geist /ˈpoʊltɚˌgaɪst/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Mythologya spirit making its presence known by noises, knockings, etc.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
pol•ter•geist  (pōltər gīst′),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Mythologya ghost or spirit supposed to manifest its presence by noises, knockings, etc.
  • German Poltergeist, equivalent. to polter(n) to make noise, knock, rattle + Geist ghost
  • 1840–50

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
poltergeist /ˈpɒltəˌɡaɪst/ n
  1. a spirit believed to manifest its presence by rappings and other noises and also by acts of mischief, such as throwing furniture about
Etymology: 19th Century: from German, from poltern to be noisy + Geist ghost

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