Definitions for haunthɔnt, hɑnt; for 10 also hænt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

haunthɔnt, hɑnt; for 10 also hænt

  1. (v.t.)to visit habitually or appear to frequently as a spirit or ghost:

    to haunt a house; to haunt a person.

  2. to recur persistently to the consciousness of; remain with:

    Memories of love haunted me.

  3. to visit frequently; go to often:

    She haunted the art galleries.

  4. to disturb or distress; cause to have anxiety:

    His youthful escapades came back to haunt him.

  5. (v.i.)to reappear continually as a spirit or ghost.

  6. to remain persistently; stay; linger.

  7. (n.)Often, haunts. a place frequently visited:

    to return to one's old haunts.

  8. Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. a ghost.

    Category: Dialect

Origin of haunt:

1200–50; ME < OF hanter to frequent, prob. < ON heimta to lead home, der. of heim homewards; see home


Princeton's WordNet

  1. haunt, hangout, resort, repair, stamping ground(verb)

    a frequently visited place

  2. haunt, stalk(verb)

    follow stealthily or recur constantly and spontaneously to

    "her ex-boyfriend stalked her"; "the ghost of her mother haunted her"

  3. haunt, obsess, ghost(verb)

    haunt like a ghost; pursue

    "Fear of illness haunts her"

  4. frequent, haunt(verb)

    be a regular or frequent visitor to a certain place

    "She haunts the ballet"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. haunt(verb)ˈɔnt

    (of the spirit of a dead person) to be present in a place

    a ghost haunting the castle

  2. hauntˈɔnt

    to make sb remember upsetting things

    Her death haunted him for the rest of his life.


  1. haunt(Noun)

    A place at which one is regularly found; a hangout.

  2. haunt(Noun)

    A ghost.

  3. haunt(Noun)

    A feeding place for animals.

  4. haunt(Verb)

    To inhabit, or visit frequently (most often used in reference to ghosts).

  5. haunt(Verb)

    To make uneasy.

    The memory of his past failures haunted him.

  6. haunt(Verb)

    To stalk, to follow

    The policeman haunted him, following him everywhere.

  7. haunt(Verb)

    To live habitually; to stay, to remain.

  8. Origin: From haunten, from hanter, of origin, probably through *, from haimatjanan, from haimaz, from kōim-. Cognate with hamettan, heimta, ham, hantin from the same source. More at home.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Haunt(verb)

    to frequent; to resort to frequently; to visit pertinaciously or intrusively; to intrude upon

  2. Haunt(verb)

    to inhabit or frequent as a specter; to visit as a ghost or apparition

  3. Haunt(verb)

    to practice; to devote one's self to

  4. Haunt(verb)

    to accustom; to habituate

  5. Haunt(verb)

    to persist in staying or visiting

  6. Haunt(noun)

    a place to which one frequently resorts; as, drinking saloons are the haunts of tipplers; a den is the haunt of wild beasts

  7. Haunt(noun)

    the habit of resorting to a place

  8. Haunt(noun)

    practice; skill

Anagrams of haunt

  1. Utahn

Translations for haunt

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(of a ghost) to inhabit

A ghost is said to haunt this house.

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