What does haunt mean?

Definitions for haunt
hɔnt, hɑnt; for 10 also hænthaunt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word haunt.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. haunt, hangout, resort, repair, stamping groundverb

    a frequently visited place

  2. haunt, stalkverb

    follow stealthily or recur constantly and spontaneously to

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

  3. haunt, obsess, ghostverb

    haunt like a ghost; pursue

    "Fear of illness haunts her"

  4. frequent, hauntverb

    be a regular or frequent visitor to a certain place

    "She haunts the ballet"


  1. hauntnoun

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

  2. hauntnoun

    A ghost.

  3. hauntnoun

    A feeding place for animals.

  4. hauntverb

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

  5. hauntverb

    To make uneasy.

    The memory of his past failures haunted him.

  6. hauntverb

    To stalk, to follow

    The policeman haunted him, following him everywhere.

  7. hauntverb

    To live habitually; to stay, to remain.

  8. Etymology: 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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Hauntnoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    We set toils, nets, gins, snares and traps for beasts and birds in their own haunts and walks, and without any seal of faith and confidence. Roger L'Estrange.

    To me pertains not, she replies,
    To know or care where Cupid flies;
    What are his haunts, or which his way,
    Where he would dwell, or whither stray. Matthew Prior.

    A scene where, if a god should cast his sight,
    A god might gaze and wonder with delight!
    Joy touch’d the messenger of heav’n; he stay’d
    Entranc’d, and all the blissful haunt survey’d. Alexander Pope, Odyss.

    The haunt you have got about the courts will one day or another bring your family to beggary. John Arbuthnot, John Bull.

  2. To HAUNTverb

    Etymology: hanter, French.

    A man who for his hospitality is so much haunted, that no news stir but come to his ears. Philip Sidney.

    Now we being brought known unto her, the time that we spent in curing some very dangerous wounds, after once we were acquainted, and acquainted we were sooner than ourselves expected, she continually almost haunted us. Philip Sidney.

    I do haunt thee in the battle thus,
    Because some tell me that thou art a king. William Shakespeare, Hen. IV.

    She this dang’rous forest haunts,
    And in sad accents utters her complaints. Edmund Waller.

    Earth now
    Secur’d like to heav’n, a seat where gods might dwell,
    Or wander with delight, and love to haunt
    Her sacred shades. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. vii.

    Celestial Venus haunts Idalia’s groves;
    Diana Cynthus, Ceres Hybla loves. Alexander Pope, Spring.

    You wrong me, sir, thus still to haunt my house;
    I told you, sir, my daughter is dispos’d of. William Shakespeare.

    Oh, could I see my country-seat!
    There leaning near a gentle brook,
    Sleep, or peruse some ancient book;
    And there in sweet oblivion drown
    Those cares that haunt the court and town. Jonathan Swift.

    Foul spirits haunt my resting place,
    And ghastly visions break my sleep by night. Edward Fairfax.

    All these the woes of Oedipus have known,
    Your fates, your furies, and your haunted town. Alexander Pope.

  3. To Hauntverb

    To be much about; to appear frequently.

    I’ve charged thee not to haunt about my doors:
    In honest plainness thou hast heard me say,
    My daughter’s not for thee. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    Where they most breed and haunt, I have observ’d
    The air is delicate William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hauntverb

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

  2. Hauntverb

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

  3. Hauntverb

    to practice; to devote one's self to

  4. Hauntverb

    to accustom; to habituate

  5. Hauntverb

    to persist in staying or visiting

  6. Hauntnoun

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

  7. Hauntnoun

    the habit of resorting to a place

  8. Hauntnoun

    practice; skill

  9. Etymology: [F. hanter; of uncertain origin, perh. from an assumed LL. ambitare to go about, fr. L. ambire (see Ambition); or cf. Icel. heimta to demand, regain, akin to heim home (see Home). 36.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Haunt

    hawnt, v.t. to frequent: to follow importunately: to intrude upon continually: to inhabit or visit as a ghost.—v.i. to be much about: to appear or visit frequently.—n. a place much resorted to: (Shak.) habit of frequenting.—p.adj Haunt′ed, frequented, infested, esp. by ghosts or apparitions.—n. Haunt′er.—adv. Haunt′ingly. [O. Fr. hanter; acc. to Littré, a corr. of L. habitāre.]

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Anagrams for haunt »

  1. Utahn

  2. thuan

  3. unhat

  4. ahunt

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of haunt in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of haunt in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of haunt in a Sentence

  1. Karen Finney:

    In terms of appeal in a general election, there are comments he has made that can come back to haunt him.

  2. Dan Gainor:

    The hot mic is just one more tool the media use to protect their friends and target their enemies, nBC worked with Donald Trump for 11 years. There were no news stories about Trump's off-color and crude comments. It did everything it could to protect him -- both in news and entertainment. He, and indirectly Billy Bush, became targets because he ran a political campaign wildly opposed by network reporters, producers and anchors … If you are liberal, it won't likely impact you for long. If you are to the right of the media covering the story, it will haunt you forever.

  3. David Clark:

    When I am in the United States, the Vietnam War does haunt me every day and every night but when I am in Vietnam I don’t see no flares, no helicopters no tracers no bombs, the American war has been over 50 years so I myself find peace in Vietnam.

  4. Daniel J. Boorstin:

    Of all the nations in the world, the United States was built in nobody's image. It was the land of the unexpected, of unbounded hope, of ideals, of quest for an unknown perfection. It is all the more unfitting that we should offer ourselves in images. And all the more fitting that the images which we make wittingly or unwittingly to sell America to the world should come back to haunt and curse us.

  5. William Cowper:

    He that holds fast the golden mean, And lives contentedly between The little and the great, Feels not the want that pinch the poor, Nor plagues that haunt the rich man's door.

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  • تطاردArabic
  • strašit, obcházet, pronásledovatCzech
  • hjemsøgeDanish
  • στέκι, στοιχειώνωGreek
  • guaridaSpanish
  • olla, ruokintapaikka, varjostaa, kantapaikka, vaivata, asustella, vakiopaikka, majaillaFinnish
  • hanter, séjourner, poursuivre, habiter, effrayer, point de rencontreFrench
  • lakik, kísért, követHungarian
  • tormentareItalian
  • 出没Japanese
  • poke, kuku, ripoingaMāori
  • wonen, verblijven, achtervolgen, rondspoken, trefpunt, beklemmenDutch
  • assombrarPortuguese
  • посещать, навещать, появляться, обитать, преследоватьRussian
  • träffpunkt, förfölja, mötesplats, bo, hemsökaSwedish
  • వెంటాడుTelugu
  • หลอกหลอนThai
  • переслідуватиUkrainian
  • 出没Chinese

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