- a spirit believed to manifest its presence by rappings and other noises and also by acts of mischief, such as throwing furniture about
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
pol•ter•geist /ˈpoʊltɚˌgaɪst/USA pronunciation n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- Mythologya spirit making its presence known by noises, knockings, etc.
pol•ter•geist (pōl′tər gīst′),USA pronunciation n.
- 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
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poltergeist /ˈpɒltəˌɡaɪst/ n