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    spooky/ sinister

    Dear teachers,

    Would you share with me your opinion concerning the interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    When the white figure emerged at the window, there was a spooky silence, but in a moment we recognized George and burst into laughter.

    And the trees that surrounded the house sometimes had a slightly spooky look.

    spooky = inspiring a feeling of fear; strange and frightening, sinister

    I'm a big believer in synchronicity -- meaningful coincidence, or what you might call spooky coincidence.

    spooky coincidence = unusual coincidence

    I know that riding a spooky horse can be challenging and frustrating so here are some tips to help you understand why your horse spooks and to give you some tools to help

    a spooky horse = a shy horse

    There was something sinister about him that she found disturbing.

    sinister = spooky, ominous


    Thank you for your efforts.

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    Re: spooky/ sinister

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you share with me your opinion concerning the interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    When the white figure emerged at the window, there was a spooky silence, but in a moment we recognized George and burst into laughter.

    And the trees that surrounded the house sometimes had a slightly spooky look.

    spooky = inspiring a feeling of fear; strange and frightening, sinister

    I'm a big believer in synchronicity -- meaningful coincidence, or what you might call spooky coincidence.

    spooky coincidence = unusual coincidence (not just unusual but weird, strange)

    I know that riding a spooky horse can be challenging and frustrating so here are some tips to help you understand why your horse spooks and to give you some tools to help

    a spooky horse = a shy horse

    There was something sinister about him that she found disturbing.

    sinister = spooky, ominous


    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V
    I would not put write sinister as a synonym for spooky and vice versa. But I would write sinister as a synonym for ominous, though I am not in favour of synonyms at all!

    The feeling behind calling something spooky is different from the feeling which makes us call something sinister. That's my opinion.

    Have you looked up "spook" (as a verb and noun) in the dictionary?

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    Re: spooky/ sinister

    spook: Definition, Synonyms from Answers.com

    spook (n) someone unpleasantly strange or eccentric/ a mental representation of some haunting experience/ a person secretly employed in espionage for a government

    spook (v) frighten or scare, and often provoke into a violent action

    spooky = sinister, frightful, ghostly, supernatural, weird, timid, fearful, easily frightened, shy
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    Re: spooky/ sinister

    Quote Originally Posted by Khosro View Post
    I would not put write sinister as a synonym for spooky and vice versa. But I would write sinister as a synonym for ominous, though I am not in favour of synonyms at all!

    The feeling behind calling something spooky is different from the feeling which makes us call something sinister. That's my opinion.
    I agree. I'm not a great fan of the concept of synonymy either.
    "Spooky" sounds like a child/adolescent's word, whereas 'sinister', as you say, is more ominous.
    A cat climbing past your bedroom window can be spooky. A man climbing past your bedroom window is sinister.

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    Re: spooky/ sinister

    To my ear, spooky implies other-worldly, or supernatural; sinister implies evil and malicious.

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    Re: spooky/ sinister

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I agree. I'm not a great fan of the concept of synonymy either.
    "Spooky" sounds like a child/adolescent's word, whereas 'sinister', as you say, is more ominous.
    A cat climbing past your bedroom window can be spooky. A man climbing past your bedroom window is sinister.
    Perhaps we can add that something which is spooky brings no real harm and is not a serious threat. That's why mykwyner also mentioned it's other-worldliness and supernaturality.

    And vil, it would be usefull if you take another look at your third example with an emphasize on "I am a big believer" part.

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