- 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 haunt
Christie has problems, and they begin with the fact that photos and videos and memes can haunt us.Will Chris Christie Regret His Cowboy Hug?
January 5, 2015
But it was a grueling road to freedom, and one that continues to haunt them.‘Out in the Night’ and the Redemption of the ‘Killer Lesbian Gang'
June 21, 2014
This undeclared war on the Latino immigrant family was bound to haunt Obama.With Julian Castro Taking Over at HUD, a New Political Dynasty Is in the Making
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May 23, 2014
Weiner hinted that an event that occurred early on in the series may come back to haunt Don in the final episodes.How to End ‘Mad Men’? Matthew Weiner Gives Final Season Sneak Peek
March 25, 2014
Does Bradley Cooper haunt the makers of Wet Hot American Summer?Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler’s Ultimate Rom Com Spoof ‘They Came Together’
January 29, 2014
O, that I might forget all the dark shadows which haunt about these graves!Other Tales and Sketches
The whole story caused a holy anger of justice to haunt him.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
In summer the hill was of course the haunt of children gathering its bilberries.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
They haunt me with a gentle refrain of the world-as-it-might-be.Mountain Meditations
Who could say that the spirits of the dead did not haunt the scenes of their lives and deaths?The Shadow of a Crime
- 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 haunt
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.
"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.