frighten or scare, and sometimes provoke into a violent activity
- some one unpleasantly odd or eccentric
- a mental representation of some haunting knowledge
- A spirit a ghost an apparition a hobgoblin
- A spirit; a ghost; an apparition; a hobgoblin.
- The chimaera.
1801, "spectre, apparition, ghost," from Dutch spook, from center Dutch spooc "spook, ghost," from a standard Germanic source (German Spuk "ghost, apparition," center Low German spok "spook," Swedish spok "scarecrow," Norwegian spjok "ghost, specter," Danish sp
- 1867, "to walk or become a ghost," from spook (letter.). Indicating "to unnerve" is from 1935. Related: Spooked; spooking.
Either they didn't want to spook him or they don't have any concrete evidence of specific crimes.