- inhabited or frequented by ghosts: a haunted castle.
- preoccupied, as with an emotion, memory, or idea; obsessed: His haunted imagination gave him no peace.
- disturbed; distressed; worried: Haunted by doubt he again turned to law books on the subject.
Origin of haunted
- to visit habitually or appear to frequently as a spirit or ghost: to haunt a house; to haunt a person.
- to recur persistently to the consciousness of; remain with: Memories of love haunted him.
- to visit frequently; go to often: He haunted the galleries and bars that the artists went to.
- to frequent the company of; be often with: He haunted famous men, hoping to gain celebrity for himself.
- to disturb or distress; cause to have anxiety; trouble; worry: His youthful escapades came back to haunt him.
- to reappear continually as a spirit or ghost.
- to visit habitually or regularly.
- to remain persistently; loiter; stay; linger.
- Often haunts. a place frequently visited: to return to one's old haunts.
- Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. and North England. a ghost.
Origin of haunt
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Examples from the Web for haunted
He read technical journals about film and haunted the theaters and film production companies.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Even though the police and my family and friends believed me, that one voice of doubt is the one that haunted me most.How I Stopped My Rapist
November 24, 2014
Were Israeli soldiers so haunted by what they saw and did in the last Gaza war that they took their own lives?The Ghosts of Gaza: Israel’s Soldier Suicides
October 28, 2014
The Lotus and the Storm turns out to be a grand, haunted melodrama with elements of camp, delivered in fragmentary reveries.A Different Kind of Vietnam Story
October 9, 2014
Or go to Mougins and get a local realtor to tell you stories of Edith Piaf's haunted house.No Movie Stars, No Red Carpet, But Off-Season Cannes Is Still Magic
September 15, 2014
I am haunted by the thought that my car may break down when I have a load of wounded.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
The dread of French domination seems to have haunted him like a nightmare.Biographical Sketches
It haunted him every moment, and added to the weight of sorrow which seemed crushing him.Life in London
Her very brain and blood were haunted with the presence of Corney's father.Weighed and Wanting
The phrase has haunted me since I heard it, less than an hour ago.In the Midst of Alarms
- frequented or visited by ghosts
- (postpositive) obsessed or worried
- to visit (a person or place) in the form of a ghost
- (tr) to intrude upon or recur to (the memory, thoughts, etc)he was haunted by the fear of insanity
- to visit (a place) frequently
- to associate with (someone) frequently
- (often plural) a place visited frequentlyan old haunt of hers
- a place to which animals habitually resort for food, drink, shelter, etc
Word Origin and History for haunted
"place frequently visited," c.1300, also in Middle English, "habit, custom" (early 14c.), from haunt (v.). The meaning "spirit that haunts a place, ghost" is first recorded 1843, originally in stereotypical U.S. black speech.
early 13c., "to practice habitually, busy oneself with, take part in," from Old French hanter "to frequent, resort to, be familiar with" (12c.), probably from Old Norse heimta "bring home," from Proto-Germanic *haimat-janan, from *haimaz- (see home). Meaning "to frequent (a place)" is c.1300 in English. Use in reference to a spirit returning to the house where it had lived perhaps was in Proto-Germanic, but it was reinforced by Shakespeare's plays, and it is first recorded 1590 in "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Related: Haunted; haunting. Middle English hauntingly meant "frequently;" sense of "so as to haunt one's thoughts or memory" is from 1859.