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[ hawnt, hahnt; hant ]

verb (used with object)

  1. 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 him.

  3. to visit frequently; go to often:

    He haunted the galleries and bars that the artists went to.

    Synonyms: frequent

  4. to frequent the company of; be often with:

    He haunted famous men, hoping to gain celebrity for himself.

  5. to disturb or distress; cause to have anxiety; trouble; worry:

    His youthful escapades came back to haunt him.

    Synonyms: plague, vex, beset, obsess

verb (used without object)

  1. to reappear continually as a spirit or ghost.
  2. to visit habitually or regularly.
  3. to remain persistently; loiter; stay; linger.


  1. Often haunts. a place frequently visited:

    to return to one's old haunts.

  2. Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. and North England. a ghost.


/ hɔːnt /


  1. to visit (a person or place) in the form of a ghost
  2. tr to intrude upon or recur to (the memory, thoughts, etc)

    he was haunted by the fear of insanity

  3. to visit (a place) frequently
  4. to associate with (someone) frequently


  1. often plural a place visited frequently

    an old haunt of hers

  2. a place to which animals habitually resort for food, drink, shelter, etc

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Derived Forms

  • ˈhaunter, noun

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Other Words From

  • haunter noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of haunt1

1200–50; Middle English haunten < Old French hanter to frequent, probably < Old Norse heimta to lead home, derivative of heim homewards; home

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Word History and Origins

Origin of haunt1

C13: from Old French hanter, of Germanic origin; compare Old Norse heimta to bring home, Old English hāmettan to give a home to; see home

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Example Sentences

This southern haunt brims with otherworldly landscapes, from sandstone bluffs to flat-topped mesas, spread out across its 8,701 acres.

So, for now, we might just learn to grieve that place, that memory, and learn to avoid our old haunts during high season and holidays.

Only through such action can the US avoid situations where inferences drawn from the data companies collect haunt people’s ability to access housing, jobs, credit, and other opportunities for years to come.

Madripoor also happens to be a favorite haunt of Wolverine, and several fans speculated we might get a look at Logan in the series.

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From there you can tailor your home page by pinning favorite parks to the top, checking off previously visited old haunts, or creating a new list of sites and activities for an upcoming road trip.

Christie has problems, and they begin with the fact that photos and videos and memes can haunt us.

She had seen public executions before, but this one would haunt her for years to come.

But it was a grueling road to freedom, and one that continues to haunt them.

Doubt and panic and regret haunt the heart of any decent physician who ever has made a decision.

This undeclared war on the Latino immigrant family was bound to haunt Obama.

It was when the face and figure of a great tragedian began to haunt her imagination and stir her senses.

Because Hartledon once had a flirtation with your daughter, does that give you leave to haunt him as if you were his double?

As he invariably left a note behind him promising to "be quiet about it," Isabel ceased to haunt his footsteps.

I really begin to fear that these drinking, if not drunken spirits, do haunt the "spirit-vaults."

Even the better sort of men who haunt our public-houses are glad to meet and talk with the poachers.


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