What does haunt mean?

Definitions for haunt
hɔnt, hɑnt; for 10 also hænthaunt

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage 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.


  1. HAUNT

    Haunt was a straightforward but engagingly irreverent text-based mainframe computer game. It was created in OPS4 language in 1979 by John E. Laird.In Haunt, the player explores a haunted house and encounters clues (flight speed of an African swallow), wacky creatures (rampaging moose), and random elements (the bus) as s/he tries to find treasure and escape the house alive. The game ran on DEC-10 & DEC-20 mainframes running TOPS-10 or TOPS-20. According to the author, copies exist somewhere in Carnegie Mellon University's archive; although Laird considered rewriting it in an updated language, that did not happen. On his personal website, Laird wrote " I'm afraid that Haunt is really dead."In 1998 the source code of the partly ported version was given to the Interactive Fiction Archive for publication.Laird is now a professor at University of Michigan. As he describes: "It violated most, if not all, of the design guidelines for good interactive fiction in that you could get killed much too easily, the puzzles were way too obscure (many based on Saturday morning cartoons from my youth), but it had a certain charm."


  1. haunt

    Haunt can be defined as a verb referring to the act of persistently remaining in someone's thoughts or memories or consistently troubling or disturbing a person's mind. It can also refer to a place that is frequently visited or inhabited by ghosts or spirits.

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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. hauntverb

    A action to express a natural utterance that's patterned after a contract mission. 1.) Of a ghost that manifest itself at a place regularly. Of a person frequently at a place. Be persistently in the mind of someone.

    My love asked me to haunt her in her dreams.

    Etymology: Constantly around

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on March 22, 2024  

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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. 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.

  2. Florida Republican Rep. Dennis Ross:

    When you are a new person and you are a new guy in this thing then trust is an element that you have to build and if you burn that bridge early than it's going to come back to haunt you later.

  3. Andre Sapir:

    The member states entered into the TTIP negotiation without a real consensus. This is going to haunt us.

  4. Jeff Almer:

    My mother died a painful death from salmonella, and the look of horror on her face as she died shall always haunt me.

  5. Sushant Singh:

    Considering that a crisis on the border is still ongoing, and continues to haunt Indian Ocean and China, the silence does not bode well for Indian Ocean, it emboldens China.

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Translations for haunt

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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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