1. (US black) a white person.
|Down Beat’s Yearbook of Swing n.p.: spook: a white musician.|
|Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive 19: Us young homes, and lanes and hipstuds, gray and fay, and spook and spade.|
|Tenants (1972) 124: ‘Let the white spook exit out.’ The spook, whiter than ever, humiliated to the soles of his shoes but still in one piece.|
|You Wouldn’t Be Dead for Quids (1989) 154: He belted the nearest whitey [...] ‘Come on boys, let’s give it to the spooks’.|
2. a derog. term for an Italian.
|Intermountain Catholic (Salt Lake City) 5 Oct. 4/4: The sensational pulpit bangers who point out spooks with rosary beads racing for political office.|
|Never Come Morning (1988) 19: A couple of spooks runnin’ a roadhouse with a gas pump out front.|
|Neon Wilderness (1986) 130: What would I want an oil-hair spook like that for anyhow, fancy?|
3. a derog. term for a black person.
|Pittsburgh Courier (PA) 27 Apr. 7/7: Get a sun-tanned spook.|
|Neon Wilderness (1986) 65: He [...] let some spook beside him finish his hand.|
|Real Cool Killers (1969) 48: These is white cops [...] They believe spooks are crazy.|
|Cotton Comes to Harlem (1967) 70: No matter how white a spook might become he’s still a nigger.|
|Animal Factory 59: I’d go over there if it wasn’t all spooks.|
|Tourist Season (1987) 134: Look who’s talking, goddamn junkie spook.|
|Straight Outta Compton 57: ‘We got a spook,’ the officer radioed in.|
|Eddie’s World 193: If this spook has half a brain, he’s in Tahiti by now.|
|(con. 1960s) Blood’s a Rover 30: Spooks: The restaurant was thick with them [...] Colored waiters, colored lobbyist, colored baseball ace.|
|The Force [ebook] The spooks are scared shitless of dogs.|
4. (US) an intelligence agent, esp. CIA [Yale University secret society Skull & Bones, from among whose members were recruited the personnel of the OSS, the WWII predecessor of the CIA].
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|Spook who Sat by the Door (1972) 14: You know they call CIA agents spooks?|
|Family Arsenal 98: ‘You’re an American [...] How were they supposed to know you weren’t a spy or – ’ ‘They thought I was a spook?’.|
|G’DAY 26: A spook wears dark glasses and a trenchcoat and works for ASIO (like the CIA but apparently totalh incompetent).|
|Fixx 237: Spooks. Counterspooks. Spooks who were in it for the money, for the glory, for the sheer hell of it.|
|Pugilist at Rest 32: He told the spooks in the Phoenix Program they could take his stripes.|
|Crooked Little Vein 29: ISA, which I knew were the president’s own spooks, formed by Carter.|
|Scrublands [ebook] Or could the cops have actually called on ASIO for assistance? That seems unlikely; there wouldn’t be much the spooks could offer a homicide investigation.|
|Cherry 58: ‘I’m a spook. That’s counterintelligence’.|
5. a derog. term for a Chinese or Vietnamese person.
|Old Liberty (1962) 202: You want to see all these spooks and fags you brought here get hurt? [...] we’re going to clean you, man, and run her back to town like the dirty little Chink whore she is.|
|Paco’s Story (1987) 6: Listen, you squint-eyed spook, you ain’ tellin’ me annathang I don’ know.|
6. (US black) used to describe a fellow black person.
|Big Gold Dream 24: A young brown-skinned woman [...] laughed melodiously. ‘Hey, baby, come and look at this spook with his house on his back.’.|
|Black Short Story Anthol. (1972) 304: Always running down them spooks who ain’t into anything.‘The Game’ in King|
|Drylongso 231: You see all these spooks jumpin’ up and down talkin’ about ‘come sweet Savior!’.|
7. (drugs) a heroin addict.
|Garden of Sand (1981) 406: Here’s the spook she shoulda done in [...] Shot enough shit through him to put his little family on easy street.|
8. (Aus.) a derog. term for a native Australian.
|Living Black 27: The police would pull up [...] and say, ‘What are you doing with that spook?’.|
|Boys from Binjiwunyawunya 17: One poor, skinny spook from Redfern’s put the bustle on you and you’ve all shit yourselves.|
|Chopper 4 180: Abos, spooks, coons, slopes, chows, dagos, spags, spics, greasers and wogs – and whatever other third world gin jockey or porch monkey that came along.|
9. (S.Afr.) a fright, a scare.
|Crux Aug. 43: Well, these Israelites only catch a big spook – like they were all too chicken to take this ou on [DSAE].|
(US prison) a white inmate who is seen as overly friendly to black ones.
|Silent Terror (1990) 67: Do not seek the friendship of blacks, or you would be considered a [...] ‘spook juke’.|