Poltergeist



[pohl-ter-gahyst] /ˈpoʊl tərˌgaɪst/

noun
1.
a ghost or spirit supposed to manifest its presence by noises, knockings, etc.
/ˈpɒltəˌɡaɪst/
noun
1.
a spirit believed to manifest its presence by rappings and other noises and also by acts of mischief, such as throwing furniture about
n.

1838, from German Poltergeist, literally “noisy ghost,” from poltern “make noise, rattle” (from PIE root *bhel- (4) “to sound, ring, roar;” cf. bellow, bell) + Geist “ghost” (see ghost). In the native idiom of Northern England, such phenomenon likely would be credited to a boggart.

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