ghost ( ghosts plural & 3rd person present) ( ghosting present participle) ( ghosted past tense & past participle )
1 n-count A ghost is the spirit of a dead person that someone believes they can see or feel.
oft N of n
...the ghost of Marie Antoinette..., The village is haunted by the ghosts of the dead children.
2 n-count The ghost of something, especially of something bad that has happened, is the memory of it.
N of n
...the ghost of anti-Americanism.
3 n-sing If there is a ghost of something, that thing is so faint or weak that it hardly exists.
N of n
He gave the ghost of a smile..., The sun was warm and there was just a ghost of a breeze from the north-west.
4 verb If a book or other piece of writing is ghosted, it is written by a writer for another person, for example a politician or sportsman, who then publishes it as his or her own work.
I published his autobiography, which was very competently ghosted by a woman journalist from the Daily Mail... be V-ed
I ghosted his weekly rugby column for the Telegraph. V n
5 If someone does not stand or does not have a ghost of a chance of doing something, they have very little chance of succeeding in it. INFORMAL
a ghost of a chance phrase v PHR, with neg He doesn't stand a ghost of a chance of selling the house.
ghost story ( ghost stories plural ) A ghost story is a story about ghosts. n-count
ghost town ( ghost towns plural ) A ghost town is a town which used to be busy and wealthy but is now poor and deserted. n-count
Mogadishu is said to be a virtual ghost town, deserted by two-thirds of its residents.
ghost-write ( ghost-writes 3rd person present) ( ghost-writing present participle) ( ghost-wrote past tense) ( ghost-written past participle ) , ghostwrite If a book or other piece of writing is ghost-written, it is written by a writer for another person, for example a politician or sportsman, who then publishes it as his or her own work. verb usu passive
Articles were ghost-written by company employees. be V-ed
ghost writer ( ghost writers plural ) , ghostwriter A ghost writer is someone who writes a book or other published work instead of the person who is named as the author. n-count
The Holy Ghost is the same as the Holy Spirit. n-proper the N